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DAY 19

Read: Luke 10:1-24

From across the room, I watch the girls hover together. Shoulder to shoulder. They form a circle.

Their laughter pierces the air with a familiar pang — another reminder that I’m not one of them. Their voices rise and fall like the crescendo and diminuendo of a well-rehearsed sonata. Soon, their audible voices turn inaudible.

A similar cadence of critics echoes from within, saying I’ll never fit in.

This scene isn’t reserved for the hallways of high school either. Long after we graduate and move on, we discover this same scene being played out in a thousand different ways. But its effects are still the same.

Circles gather. Groups form.

School.
Work.
Neighborhood.
Online.

Even at church.

There never seems to be enough chairs at the table. Why is that? And why are we plagued with this innate desire to belong?

It’s built into our DNA. Our human hearts crave connection. To know and be known.

Everyone wants to be liked.
Everyone wants to be accepted.

It’s only natural. We want to fit in.

In today’s reading, we see Jesus appoint seventy-two people, and He sends them — two by two — to proclaim God’s Kingdom to the surrounding communities. And Jesus warns them:

When you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Event the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you.’ (Luke 10:10-11)

Jesus goes on to say that it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. Wow. Jesus takes this business of hospitality pretty seriously. We are to welcome others. We are to welcome outsiders. In fact, if we even have “insiders” and “outsiders” among us, then we’re not really living according to Jesus’ commands.

When a community rejects someone, God’s heart is grieved. And yet, it’s feels powerful to be the ones on the inside who do the rejecting. But it hurts to a degree beyond words when we’re rejected by a community we truly longed to be a part of.

This is a primary reason why we’ve created this space here at Deeper Waters. We want this to be a safe place where all women feel welcome — no matter our past or our present.

Deeper Waters is a place of welcome.

And this is our prayer: Lord, may every woman who spends even a moment in this space feel your presence. May every woman know they’re welcome here. Help us, Lord, to be the ones who invite and the ones who bring. Help us, Lord, to be like the seventy-two, who go out to meet new people. Create in our hearts a place of welcome for all. Amen.
 

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of Word Writers Bible studies. Editorial Coordinator for (in)courage. Host of Deeper Waters Retreat.

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