Note: This afternoon, at Clevedale Historic Inn and Gardens, Spartanburg, South Carolina, we dedicated the MackRail Cabin Car, a caboose fashioned into a queen suite for lodging. This long has been Pontheolla’s dream, now, come true. She asked that I offer a meditation and prayer.
We, humans, born into this world, are set down in time and space. And, imbued with reason, that faculty of imagination and comprehension, to discern our surroundings, we, characteristically and necessarily, mark our life’s pilgrimage by the passage of seasons and by the consecration of places for commemoration and celebration.
It strikes me as fortuitous and propitious that we – in this tumultuous time of dual pandemics, one, novel and viral, another, ancient and racial – gather as one on this day, in this place to set aside this space, which appears to be a caboose. However, in truth, which we, through the lens of our reason to imagine and to comprehend, can see, it is a symbol of hospitality; that warmth of welcome extended by the host to the guest.
It is no accident that hospitality and hospital, at times of illness, a place of help for the healing of all that ails, are derived from the same Latin root, hospes, which can refer either to the guest or to the host or to both.
Yes, there is a distinction between hospitality and hospital, yet ne’er we forget the connection of healing and health, wholeness and oneness.
In that remembrance, that commemoration, we celebrate. Let us pray:
O God, You, in Your Wisdom, have created us, each and all, in Your One Image of one family, one race, whose name is human. May we, ever in that due awareness, honor Your Purpose in our embrace, our embodiment of hospitality. And may this MackRail Cabin Car, O God, Your MackRail Cabin Car be a sign for us of this Your Truth. Amen.
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