Week Two: Inclusion

Celebrations in the bible are always communal events. Everyone is invited and everyone gets included, from the greatest to the least. Even that most basic of celebrations— the Sabbath— required that all members of the Jewish household, whether slave or free, whether travelling sojourner or family member, cease work and enjoy the goodness of God-initiated rest.

This week, plan another celebration, as you did last week, but this time make sure you include some people who would ordinarily be overlooked or ‘forgotten’. Perhaps you will invite some of the fringe people at your church. Perhaps you will include some from a different demographic or cultural group: take special notice of the single, the widowed, the awkward and the less popular. 

Note: I suggest that you do not try explain your guest list to your company— just enjoy the fruits of diversity!