By Lois Parker Edstrom
OBJECT SUGGESTED: A fresh pineapple. (Cut and share with the children if appropriate.)
In many parts of the world a pineapple is a sign of welcome. Some people have a pineapple carved into the entry of their home; others have brass door knockers in the shape of a pineapple attached to their doors. Pineapples are sometimes carved into the design of tables and beds.
Long ago, before there were airplanes, pineapple, which grew in tropical climates, was not available to most people in the world. Explorers returning from a voyage sometimes brought a pineapple to their king and sailors fastened a pineapple to their gate post when they returned from sea. As a result of these customs the pineapple became a sign of welcome.
There are many kinds of welcomes. Perhaps you wave, smile, and say “hi” to a friend. When you go to your grandpa and grandma’s house the welcome might be hugs and kisses. Your mother may take a bouquet of flowers to a new neighbor. All of these things are done to make others feel accepted and comfortable.
As Christians we especially want others to feel accepted and welcome. Jesus tells us in the Bible that “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me” (10:40). When we make someone feel comfortable and accepted, we are sharing the love of Jesus who represents God the Father. Join the welcome team.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan