Practicing Welcome, pt. 2 – Welcoming Ourselves

Questions for further reflection:

Read the Rumi poem The Guest House. Which words or ideas strike home for you? Why might that be?

What parts of you are like the characters in the parable of the good Samaritan – the arrogant priest, or the ashamed Levite, the over accomplishing Samaritan, or the wounded traveler?

Which of these parts of yourself are the hardest for you to welcome? What might welcome for that one look like for you?

Practicing Welcome, pt. 1 – Welcoming Others

Questions for further reflection:

Spend time conversation/meditation on one or two of the four guests from the parable. What does welcome look like for this person? What of Christ do you see in this person? Do you know a person like this that you’ve tried to welcome?

How is your welcome facing out, or evident to others? Into what do you welcome others? What are the characters/parameters of your welcome?