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April 6, 2022 8:00 pm
“Kumain ka na ba?” (Have you eaten?)
This is what you’ll always hear as a visitor in many homes in the Philippines, where I’m from. It’s the Filipino way of expressing care and kindness for our guests. And regardless of your reply, your host will always prepare something for you to eat. Filipinos believe that true kindness isn’t just saying the standard greeting, but also going beyond words to show real hospitality.
Rebekah, too, knew all about being kind. Her daily chores included drawing water from the well outside town and carrying the heavy jar of water home. When Abraham’s servant, who was very thirsty from his journey, asked for a little water from her jar, she didn’t hesitate to give him a drink (Genesis 24:17–18).
But then Rebekah did even more. When she saw that the visitor’s camels were thirsty, she quickly offered to go back to draw more water for them (vv. 19–20). She didn’t hesitate to help, even if it meant making an extra trip (or more) to the well and back with a heavy jar.
Life is tough for many people, and often, a small gesture of practical kindness can encourage them and lift their spirits. Being a channel of God’s love doesn’t always mean delivering a powerful sermon or planting a church. Sometimes, it can simply be giving someone a drink of water.
Hi friends, and thank you for joining us for today's Our Daily Bread are reading is titled real hospitality. It was written by Karen Hong, I'm gonna be a have you eat. This is what you always here as a visitor in many homes in the Philippines where I'm from, it's the Filipino way of expressing care and kindness for our guests and regardless of your reply. Your host will always prepare something for you to eat.
Filipinos believe that true kindness isn't just saying the standard greeting but also going beyond words to show real hospitality Genesis chapter 24 tells us that Rebecca to knew all about being kind her daily chores included drawing water from the well outside town and carrying the heavy jar of water home when Abraham's servant, who was very thirsty from his journey asked for a little water from her jar. She didn't hesitate to give him a drink but then Rebecca did even more when she saw that the visitors camels were thirsty, she quickly offered to go back to draw more water for them.
She didn't hesitate to help even if it meant making an extra trip. Or more to the well and back with a heavy jar. Life is tough for many people, and often a small gesture of practical kindness and encourage them lift their spirits. Being a channel of God's love doesn't always mean delivering a powerful sermon or planting a church. Sometimes they can simply be getting someone a drink of water. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Genesis chapter 24 verses 12 through 20.
Then he prayed Lord God of my master Abraham make me successful today and show kindness to my master Abraham, see I am standing beside the spring and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water may be that when I say to a young woman. Please let down your jar that I may have a drink and she says drink and water your camels to let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master before he had finished praying. Rebecca came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of both the will, son of Noca who was the wife of Abraham's brother, named for the woman was very beautiful of virgin no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring filter jar and came up again the servant hurried to meet her and said please give me a little water from your jar drink, my Lord, she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink after she had given him a drink.
She said all draw water for your camels to until they have had enough to drink, so she quickly emptied her jar into the trough ran back to the well to draw more water and you enough for all scandals. Let's pray heavenly father open our eyes to the needs of people around us and give us the wisdom to know how to show kindness and care to them. Thank you Lord it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries