God's face in a Walmart greeter - John Van Sloten

March 13, 2011

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryToday we’re going to seek out God’s face via a Walmart greeter. What can a retail store greeter teach us about God’s heart?

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Jesus in Luke 6:31, NIV

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
1 Peter 4:9, NIV

“By accepting someone, we do what seems to be a small ordinary thing. A single act would seem to be small anyway, but little acts of giving, one upon another, pile up to create a huge force capable of repelling darkness and transforming the world.”
Homan and Pratt, Radical Hospitality

“According to God’s intelligence (who God is, his very being), the way to thrive is to help others thrive; the way to flourish is to cause others to flourish; the way to fulfill yourself is to spend yourself. Jesus himself tried to get this lesson across to this disciples by washing their feet, hoping to ignite a little of the Trinitarian life in them. The idea is that if – in a band of disciples, in a family, in a college – people encourage each other, pour out interest and good will upon each other, favour each other with blessings customized to fit the other person’s need,
what transpires is a lovely burst of shalom.”
Dr. Neal Plantinga, Engaging God’s World

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
John 13:3-5, TNIV

“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”
Isaiah 53:1-3, TNIV

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July 14, 2012
Beautiful, just beautiful
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September 19, 2011
Wal*Mart Greeters rock. I could be having the worst day of my life, and they'd manage to make me smile. They're like adopted grandparents. :D
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May 17, 2011
I've been hugged by strangers who just needed a hug & then told me a series of recent deaths of loved ones, been cursed for checking receipts after the alarm went off, been ridiculed by others for being friendly, met people I haven't seen in 35 years, witnessed family arguments & hostility, graciously thanked repeatedly for offering a "cookie sticker", have seen customers bring things back they forgot to pay for (which is heart-warming)...see a little bit of everything in this simple job.
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Isaiah 53:1-3,hospitality,Luke 6:31,1 Peter 4:9,John 13:3-5,work,vocation

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