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Making Friends Out of Strangers

You and I tend to offer hospitality to only a limited number of

people--persons whom we already know, mostly relatives and a few close

friends. But, in Abraham’s time, hospitality was extended to whomever needed

it--strangers and acquaintances alike. In fact, in its original form,

"hospitality" combines two separate words--one meaning friend and the other

meaning stranger. So, from the beginning of its usage, hospitality has

carried with it the idea of making friends out of strangers.

James W. Cox, The Minister’s Manual, Harper, 1994, 109

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