At the wrap party for our first season, our location scout and his wife approached me. I hadn’t met her before; we’d barely exchanged greetings when she asked if it was true, as she’d heard, that I am Christian. They are, too, and she said God had put it on her heart to pray that the series – though it isn’t overtly religious – might open people’s hearts to the Lord. It was a fascinating conversation to be having in a loud nightclub, but I was humbled and honored. She asked if we could have dinner together and talk more. Moved by her passion, I agreed.

The day we picked to meet was hectic and frustrating. We’re in post-production now, and there was a tsunami of logistical problems. I thought about cancelling, then realized I might feel better if I got away from my computer and phone for a while.

Dinner was a blessing. The burdens of the day fell away. We talked about God, our families, our dreams, and our stewardship. We laughed, cried, and prayed. And before this meal, I had spoken to her for all of five minutes. I told her I thanked God for bringing us together; she told me she was delighted to have a new sister in Christ. I remembered my thoughts about cancelling and rejoiced that I hadn’t. I also remembered the passage from Hebrews about “entertaining angels unawares,” and marveled that I had almost missed a chance to embrace this angel God had placed in my path.

God places many angels in our paths. As His children, it is our responsibility to keep our eyes – and hearts – open, so we can see them when we come upon them, and invite them into our lives. And once we invite them in, we owe it to them – and to Him – to value and honor them, to learn from them and respect them, and to thank God for them. Each angel comes with something unique to teach us, but each one also bears something in common – a reminder from the Lord of how much He loves us and wants us to be in communion with fellow believers. Let us open our hearts, and welcome each other in.

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

Hebrews 13:1-2