It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 8, Book 17

Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

Hebrews 13:2

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.

Author Unknown

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. 

Eleanor Roosevelt

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. 

Edward Hyde


betty said...

So true people come to see us and don't have white gloves on looking for dirt. Did seem like a delightful visit with your aunts.


Chatty Crone said...

I have to work on hospitality - I love people and I love to see people - but I have to admit I get nervous having a big dinner party. ???

I do keep a couple dollars in my purse and I made a promise to myself if anyone is out asking for money I will give it to them whether they are honest or not.

Glad you had such a good visit with your aunts.


jack69 said...

Yep, when friends and family come to see us, we do try to pick up some stuff, but mostly we see them thru the windshield as they walk up. Great, we love 'em and they know us. With much larger homes to meet at, our family most ALWAYS choose the motor home, and we love it.

I am sure your home is welcoming and probably more ready for company than you give the hint@! LOL I know you enjoyed the visit from Aunts, WE don't have one left to visit, wish we did@!

Mevely317 said...

That Eleanor Roosevelt quote is the best! :)

I need to remember that folks are here so we might enjoy each others' company and less about the dirty floor. 'Early Comfortable' is what I HOPE our home reflects, as well!


it is in giving we receive. a perfect quote.