Sunday, July 24, 2016

Assured Welcome

When we were kids in Alpharetta, Georgia, in the 1950's, we would sit on grandpa's porch on hot Sunday afternoons. Sooner or later, another car full of relatives would drive up, and Grandpa would jump up out of his springy porch chair and throw open the screen door and yell at the top of his lungs, "Get out! and come set a spell." Then he would run to the extra refrigerator in the garage for one of his home-grown watermelons to slice for the young-uns, while grandma passed around her sweet iced tea.
I like to think about how we were always welcome at grandma and grandpa's, just as we are welcomed into our Heavenly Father's presence. God offers us a special invitation:

For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!
2 Corinthians 6:2 Amplified


Denise said...

Such a sweet, sweet invitation.

Donalacasa said...

What a great memory! Grandparents are angels on earth.

I couldn't read the verse at the end. The letters were all scrunched up. Maybe it's just my computer.


KathyB. said...

I can picture your Grandpa doing that, and what a special picture of God's welcome to us, His creation....

Walking on Sunshine... said...

My grandparents had a screen door on their back porch as well. And my grandma would always be sitting on the porch waiting for us! Love that verse!

So blessed! said...

Hey friend,

I was just thinking this weekend about how our homes should be inviting and a refuge where friends and family feel welcome.
How fitting to then read your post today! God is good. He uses you to confirm what he wants us all to know and hear.
Hugs from Texas. Have a blessed day!

Jess said...

My husband's loving family, summer nights, fellowship on the porch and fire flies...felt like heaven to me!

Thanks for sharing such sweet memories.
Blessings always. =)

Connie said...

What a wonderful feeling to know that you are always welcome.

Red Rose Alley said...

I smiled when you mentioned your grandma's sweet iced tea. Nel has talked about the sweet tea in the south since she moved to Georgia. :) Loved hearing the story of your grandpa and the watermelons.


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