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“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” Hebrews 13:2

tulipsIf angels showed up on your doorstep, would you invite them in? (Assuming you knew they were real, honest-to-goodness angels and not serial killers in costumes?) Of course you would. Of course I would. We all would! But what about that scraggly man who doesn’t smell so great? Or the man with a huge Great Dane in tow? What about a couple of teenagers who are clearly down and out? What about our family? Writing that struck me in the heart, for am I not more courteous to strangers than I am to my own family? Usually. Why is that? I don’t know. If you know, please share with us.

If we are willing to invite strangers into our home and treat them as if they were angels, do we not have the same responsibility to our family? Let’s just go with a yes answer for that and explore it a bit.

How can we make our home hospitable to our children as they come home from school, or our husband as he comes home from work?

When my kids were elementary age, back in the 80s, there was a day when I wasn’t home when they got home from school. I called home and one of them answered just as the answering machine picked up. Our entire conversation was recorded. In my mind, I was asking them how their day was, explaining I was late and would be home real soon and in general checking on my children. When I got home, and after I did several things, I completely forgot about the phone call, I noticed the light blinking on the answering machine. Oh a call! Who could it be? Horror of horrors, it was ME. Talking to my child as if they were lower than dirt. I was so ashamed and still am when I think about it. Relating it here,  is taking a lot of courage!

I want my family to be comfortable in their home.  I can’t ignore their wishes on what makes them feel welcomed. It’s different for everyone.

Right now the only other family member that lives in our home is Mr. S. I already know what makes him feel welcomed home. Have I gone out of my way to do it? No, I haven’t. Why? Because I’ve considered my own activities as more important. And I don’t have time. Well, I’ll be the first to say my priorities are out of order. If I can change them today, {and I can} then I need to.

This has been a difficult post for me to write, exposing all my nastiness to the world. But in my heart, I truly do want to present my home as an oasis from the world and for my family. I’m going to be working on this.

Author: Karen

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2 thoughts on “Creating Hospitality

  1. Thank you for sharing. I think most of us are guilty of this. One reason may be because we know we are already loved and accepted by our family members (hopefully). I’m sure it’s not a conscious excuse to treat family with less love and respect and grace than strangers…but we tend to. Something we ALL need to work on! ❤️

    Posted on December 2, 2016 at 6:51 am
    1. Thank you Kris, that sounds like a good reason to me and I’ll take it. I don’t find it to be an ‘out’ by any means, but I did feel less monsterish.

      Posted on December 2, 2016 at 10:51 am