S06 Episode 14: Making Room for Others


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By Abiding Together, Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, and Sister Miriam James Heidland. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Making Room for Others

In the second part of our Advent series, we interview Ennie Hickman, our good friend and founder of Del Rey Collective. We talk in depth about what it means to actually love our neighbor and how to make “room at the inn” for strangers and people in the periphery of our lives. We also talk about hospitality and making our hearts ready for guests before making our homes ready.

Ennie’s one thing - The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

Sister Miriam’s one thing - Silicone Tea Cover

Michelle’s one thing - Easy White Chicken Chili

Heather’s one thing - Heather's Mom's Coconut Jam Tarts

Ingredients:2 eggs3/4 cup sugar1 tsp cornstarchPinch of salt1/4 cup melted butter1 tbsp lemon juice1 tsp vanilla1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconutRaspberry jam18-20 frozen regular size tart shells


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Lay frozen tarts out on a foil lined cookie sheet.

In a bowl combine sugar, cornstarch and salt.

In a separate bowl beat eggs, then add combined sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Add cooled melted butter, lemon juice and vanilla.

Stir in coconut.

Add approximately 1/2 tsp (or a bit more) of raspberry jam to the middle of the frozen tart shell, then cover till 3/4 full with coconut mixture.

Fill all the tarts like this. Bake at 375 for about 23 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Eat, enjoy, and try not to be swept away in ecstasy.

Discussion questions:

  1. What struck you from the podcast?
  2. How have you encountered Jesus through your neighbors or people in your life?
  3. Have you ever considered a “love experiment” that you can practice?
  4. What’s one way you can practice “crazy” generosity?
  5. What holds you back from reaching out to your neighbors and strangers?

Journal Questions:

  1. Reflect and journal about this scripture: Matthew 25:35. What does it speak to you personally?
  2. Living the Gospel is simple, but it’s not easy. Where can you “begin before you’re ready”?
  3. Ask the Holy Spirit where he wants you to zoom in - what is He saying to you?

Quote to Ponder - "I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?" - Saint Mother Teresa

Scripture for Lectio Divina - Matthew 25:35 “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

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