Hospitality in Crete

After Israel we visited the beautiful island of Crete. The landscape was absolutely stunning with the blue Mediterranean Sea, white-topped snowy mountains and villages built up the mountain sides.

Some of our literature indicated Christianity had been established on the island by Titus. Actually the scripture reads: “This letter is from Paul…to Titus, my true son in the faith we share…I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you.” Titus 1:1-5 (NLT)

 Some people get discouraged very easily,
Partly because their modern technologies respond instantly.
In contrast, my work is similar to a tree growing slowly with roots
spreading deeply into the ground gathering moisture and nutrients.
Moreover, the tree will last many years.
Some of the works of my faithful servants last and refresh many generations.

Titus must have done a wonderful job as there are many evangelical churches on the island. We were staying close to the city of Rethymnon. Our custom on Saturday night is to look up a church on the internet we could attend on Sunday and there were many choices. We were interested in one that had the Greek service translated into English. When we arrived at the church we were directed to sit with other people who needed the translation. We used headphones to listen to the sermon in English and used music books printed in both Greek and English to sing familiar hymns and choruses. The service was very enjoyable!

Afterwards, all the English-speaking people welcomed us and to our surprise asked if we would like to join them for the noon meal. There were 10 or 12 of us who went to a quaint family restaurant by the seaside. We were thankful for their love and hospitality, their kindness, and their guidance when we ordered the unfamiliar Greek cuisine! They practiced true Christianity by welcoming the strangers in their midst.

I want to apologize because I was unable to add the picture of our group to this post. I have much to learn.

About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called
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2 Responses to Hospitality in Crete

  1. Bob Hunter says:

    Crete sounds like a great place to visit, Rose. I also appreciated your application of what Paul told Titus.


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