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We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

Henry David Thoreau in Walden (1854)

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Listen

He said, “Sirs, if you would be so kind, don’t just pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought so you may wash your feet and refresh yourselves under the tree. Let me offer you a little bread so you will feel stronger, and after that you may leave your servant and go on your way—since you have visited your servant.”

They responded, “Fine. Do just as you have said.”

Genesis 18:3-5

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Think

When I was in middle school, my friend’s mom stopped the car at a red light and I saw a woman on the side of the road with a sign informing us that she was homeless and hungry. The window rolled down and I watched as the lady approached. After dropping a few dollars into the lady’s cup, my friend’s mom looked at both of us in the back seat, and said, “I always try to give when I can. You never know if one of these people is an angel testing you.”

Years later, I don’t necessarily hold to this same way of thinking, but at the same time, I can’t help but notice a little beauty in that statement. While it may not be practical, it does serve to highlight the humanity of the strangers we encounter on our path.

While Abraham had no idea about the power these guests carried, he still welcomed them as if they were remarkable visitors. How would our lives be different if we regarded others as God in our midst?

Chris Cherry

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Pray

God, I know you created all people in your image. I know this includes me and my friends and even people I disagree with. Help me to see everyone as a person worthy of your love. Amen.

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To be awake is to be alive.

Henry David Thoreau in Walden (1854)

Chris Cherry

Chris Cherry serves as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Families at First Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. He and is his wife have a 14 month old daughter. This is Chris’s 17th summer involved with Passport—everything from being a camper to staffer to group leader and curriculum writer.

O Love, That Wilt Not Let Me Go

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