In his book, “Reaching Out”, Henri Nouwen wrote, “Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.” Chaplain Brent Janke, clergy for Aurora Hospital in Grafton, Wisconsin, has this placed on the wall in the chapel of this hospital. He goes on to say that it is his “hope…that this place would be a free, open, inviting space…” He invited people to come to take a moment, in their comfortable space and understanding, to regroup and recharge.
One of my dearest friends, I’ll call him Jai to remain anonymous, will sometimes suddenly proclaim he needs his battery recharged. He is typically talking about his energy levels and the fact that he needs food to recharge. But how wonderful would it be if we could recognize, before we spiritually starve, our need to recharge our spirit-battery? To take a quick moment to plug in to our spiritual outlet, feel the surge of the spirit coursing through our veins, and walk away lifted just a little bit higher than when we arrived; is what we call a gift of grace!
As you walk in to your personal space, feel the hospitality of the Spirit. Allow the free space to be welcoming to your tired feet, and your rushing mind. Take some time today – perhaps in the oddest and most unsuspected place, to stop and plug in…recharge…refocus…refresh…and regroup.
Creating God, you have provided us with so many opportunities to take a quick stop. Forgive us when we allow our spirit-battery to fail before recharging takes place. Send your Spirit to dwell within us to bring us comfort and peace. Amen.