There's nothing like being invited over to someone’s house to eat. The fellowship that takes place and the stories shared over a meal make and strengthen friendships. Hearts soften and open when plates are passed and tummies are filled.
Hospitality—it’s hard for some, easy for others, overwhelming for many. The word “hospitality” came from the word “hospital,” a place one went for sickness. Originally, the reason they were called hospitals is because people went there for spiritual and emotional health.
So showing hospitality by having people over for a meal is not simply about the food. The whole idea is taking care of them spiritually and emotionally Here are a few things to keep in mind about hospitality:
• It’s not the food that’s served that will be remembered most; it’s the love with which it’s served. This includes encouraging friendly conversation and doing everything you can to make your guests feel comfortable and even part of your family. Whether the meal is haystacks on paper plates or cottage cheese loaf with all the fixings on fine china, as long as it’s served with lots of love, it will be remembered.
• Allowing your guests to bring part of the meal is a great way to take some of the pressure off of you and yet still pull people into a more nurturing environment than a church potluck dinner in a school gym.
• Cookies and hot drinks during an afternoon are just as effective as a whole meal.
• Pancakes and popcorn can work for a simple Saturday night supper. It’s a great way to stay on your budget if you have a large crowd on a spontaneous moment.
The Lord will bless your efforts, whatever they may be. Don’t underestimate the power of inviting others to join you at the table!