Hospitality

What does hospitality mean to you? When I googled it, I learned that hospitality means: 

the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. 

Jesus talked a lot about hospitality, although I guess he never used that word. He just generously received people, especially those who no one else would welcome or receive. And, he told parables about inviting people off the streets to come to your party. (Luke 14:15-24)

If we want to be like Jesus, we need be friendly and generously receive guests, visitors or strangers. I must admit that the idea of welcoming a stranger into my home is a challenge. But how might I welcome strangers in other ways? Perhaps I can be open to people I meet out and about – at the grocery store, on my walks, or wherever I go. Not just people who look like I do or think like I do. Everyone. 

Hospitality is a lively, courageous, and convivial way of living that challenges our compulsion either to turn away or to turn inward and disconnect ourselves from others. -- Daniel Homan in "Radical Hospitality" 

May we seek to be connected to others. We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. as we connect to our center – Jesus – and get ready to live hospitality. 

Grace and peace, 

Vikki

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