The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
Acts 21:15-17 speaks of Paul’s arrival in Jerusalem. The Christians in Jerusalem know he is coming and they greet him. There are a number of people who are willing to care for Paul and his friends. He neither arrives alone nor does he have to go looking for people to welcome him.
We may well ask whether we allow Christian leaders arrive without greeting them. I was recently at an airport to meet someone. Speaking with another person who had come to meet someone, I found that the expected person was a missionary. Eventually, that missionary arrived and was greeted not only by the lady I had spoken to but by several other people as well. He was not alone, though he had never been to this town before. The welcome brought comfort and rest to this traveling servant of God. It was a good thing. I pray that we will all do so well.
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