Hospitality To Strangers

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2.

One of the great stories that came out of 9/11 was the hospitality shown to so many travelers stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. I bet you know someone who is constantly welcoming strangers into his/her home or finding ways to help people who they will never meet again. I have a friend who was moved to help refugees passing through Charlotte on the way to their final destination. She and her children would meet the bus of refugees at midnight with clothes for children and food for their journey.

The author of Hebrews says that my friend may have entertained angels. I think the author got it backwards. The refugees on  those buses met an angel in the person of my friend.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. My dear friend Webb – as a proud dual citizen, I need to point out to you that most of the planes were grounded in a variety of Canadian provinces. The most dramatic story out of these adventures came from Gander, Newfoundland. I cannot find any data confirming that any planes went to Greenland. The Canadians termed these rescues Operation Yellow Ribbon. You may have seen the play, “Come from Away” which was the collection of stories from Gander. The Canadians will NEVER stop talking about this!!!!
    I enjoyed today’s blog immensely as it reminds me of a time when our 2 countries really supported each other.

    1. Roz, you are so right. My bad. Newfoundland not Greenland. Having never been to either I got them confused and I did have two friends who were stranded in Greenland on an elk hunt that week. Maybe I need to go to Newfoundland with you to remedy my failed geography exam.

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