Friday, March 18, 2011

Thoughts on Hospitality

What is exactly is hospitality?

Is it inviting in people you get along with, who are easy to be with, and who know how long to stay; who come when you're prepared, and when you feel rested, and when there's nothing else you would rather be doing? Is hospitality easy? Convenient?

Or is it answering the door when you'd already made plans for a quiet evening, or inviting in the ones who seem lonely, or saying yes to those eager to seek you out; making guests feel welcome regardless of the time or your energy level, and pushing aside your pride as they see the dishes in the sink, the unswept floor, the piles accumulating on the counter and coffee table.

Is hospitality showing off my house, or making others feel at home?
Is it for my satisfaction, or for my guest's edification?

 "Above all, love each other deeply... Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:8-10)

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality." (Romans 12:12-13)

 "Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels." (Hebrews 13:1-2)

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