Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
Today’s post was prompted by an unexpected visit from two of my Aunts this past Sunday. One is 80 and the other 87. They are angels and were heaven sent on what was to be an ordinary day. I had just settled in to read the Sunday paper after church when I got the call saying, We’re on our way !
Hospitality is not about what you have, but what you do with what we have.
Sometimes we feel a little overwhelmed when unexpected guests come knocking on our doors. Even though they may be family or close friends, we want our homes to look their best. Sadly the truth of the matter is that no one ever comes for a visit when my house is clean and everything is in it’s place.
Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hospitality is about acting with grace.
Guests are always welcome here and I’m always happy that someone thought enough of me to come to my home. People that care about me are not going to care about what the house looks like, they came to see me.
The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.
Hospitality is about building community.
I’m certainly not going to cringe when they see the dust or the clutter of junk mail and newspapers stacked up on the table. Nope, our homes are a part of who we are and reflect our personalities too. No two of us are alike. What you like may be different from what I like but when we entertain others we try to make them feel welcome.
We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hospitality can be difficult.
If nothing else, I can say my home is comfortable. Growing older means that I like the tried and true. I love comfort food and my rocking chair is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. Over the years I’ve come to discover that if I put on my best smile, it can overshadow those crumbs on the floor or even the fingerprints on the windows.
The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.
Finally, hospitality is about being receptive.
Hospitality is defined as, receptive; kindness in welcoming strangers or guests. By being receptive, respectful and open to others says, you’re important to me. When it comes down to it, being hospitable is about focusing on the other person, understanding their needs and offering to help them to meet those needs.
It is not the quantity of the meat but the cheerfulness of the guests which makes the feast.