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Prepare a Guest Room for Me

floor mat with the words "be our guest" and a pair of shoes


“Prepare a guest room for me, for I hope to be granted to you through your prayers.”—Philemon 22

Paul sent a personal letter to Sts. Philemon and Apphia—a letter that ended up as a book in the Bible! While its main focus is on a slave of theirs, Onesimus, I love this quick request toward the end: “Please prepare a guest room for me.” I like to think that Philemon and Apphia were joyful at the thought of Paul visiting them and would have happily prepared a room for him. I think they looked forward to possibly hosting this holy friend, despite the possible conflict over their slave.


Sts. Paul, Philemon, and Apphia,
Pray for my hospitality.
Pray that I may make special people welcome into my life,
in hopes of growing spiritually.


Can you think of a time when you happened to have a particularly virtuous visitor at your house? Did you feel closer to God for having had him or her? Pay attention to other possible hospitality opportunities that might bring you closer to God.

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