Sunday, February 5, 2012

Spiritual Sunday #40: "The Stranger Within Our Gates"

For more Spiritual Sunday posts, I recommend that you wander over to the website of Charlotte and Ginger, who host the Spiritual Sunday meme.

Because I do not blog on Sundays -- keeping it as the sabbath, a practice started by Fr. Christian Mathis (Blessed Is the Kingdom) -- I usually use older posts (forgotten perhaps but hopefully still interesting) from one or another of my blogs that seem appropriate for this meme. It seems to work to bring out the older posts that many have not read before or ones from other blogs I maintain that readers of 100th Lamb may not know about.

This week, however, I decided to share with you the delightful verse I found last night on my pillow at the Omaha Doubletree, as I returned from a day of work in Nebraska (business trip) and was prepared to pack up for a very early morning departure:
In ancient times there was a prayer for 'The Stranger Within Our Gates'

Because this hotel is a human institution to serve people and not solely a money-making organization, we hope that God will grant you peace and rest while you are under our roof.

May this room and hotel be your "second" home. May those you love be near you in thoughts and dreams. Even though we may not get to know you, we hope that you will be comfortable and happy as if you were in your own house. May the business that brought you our way prosper. May every call you make and every message you receive add to your joy. When you leave, may your journey be safe.

We are all travelers. From "birth till death" we travel between eternities. May these days be pleasant for you, profitable for society, helpful for those you meet, and a joy to those who know and love you best.
Wishing you a peaceful Sunday!


  1. I've stayed at Doubletree Hotels before but not in many years. I love that you found the verse on your pillow and I'm delighted that you shared it here.
    Thank you for sharing on Spiritual Sundays.

  2. What a lovely message to find in a hotel room.

    God bless.

  3. I found the same message on a card in a hotel in the valley of La Fortuna, Costa Rica. "from birth till death we travel between eternities" ... very soothing.