Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Hebrews 13:2
As long as I remember, there were alway people at our house. Cousins, aunts, uncles, parents’ friends, strangers who needed a place to crash. It could’ve been a simple dinner, a weekend stay, or even weeks to months when Virginia or even the States was a recent move and a new life for people.
I’m amazed at the hospitality my parents gave. People then held their doors and their hearts open to family, friends, as well as strangers. Not only do I remember hospitality at home, but there was plenty of it at other people’s homes. When we were traveling, family, friends, and at times, even strangers opened up their home to us. There was a place to sleep and something to eat, no matter how humble the circumstances.
I love it. Simplicity. Kindness. Hospitality.
However, I have this feeling that this kind of hospitality has changed a bit. It’s there, but it’s not as prevalent. Now, meetings and get togethers are done more in cafes, restaurants, etc instead of our homes. People now stay in hotels versus staying at their friend’s or relative’s house.
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like that’s happening today. Hospitality is disappearing bit by bit. But God calls us to open our homes and hearts, no matter what. Elijah was fed by a widow who was soon going to starve with her son. God didn’t send Elijah to a rich mansion to have a feast. He sent him to a humble home for a simple meal.
Hospitality doesn’t need to be extravagant. It just needs to be full of love.
Share a time you felt very welcomed in someone’s home. What was it that made you feel that way?