51. Hospitality

“It is a sin against hospitality, to open your doors and darken your countenance.” – Proverb

“Christmas! ‘Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart.” – Washington Irving

The last seven months my roommate and I have been hosting weekly meals. We have opened our doors and shared meals with a large cross-section of people from the local community. We try to be as hospitable, and serve each and every person that comes through the door.

This week I had the chance of meeting a man who obviously needed a meal, and I thought to invite him to our weekly meal that was taking place later that day. When I got home I saw him walking down the street, but because I was busy needing to clean the house and get dinner started I did not invite him in immediately. When the first person came to help with the meal they asked if I had invited the man in front of the house, but once again, because I was “too busy” I did not go outside and invite him in right away.

Once it dawned on me that I should invite him in while we cooked, it was too late. He was gone, and did not come back to share the meal with us. The last 3 days I have been thinking about my half-hearted, and insincere attempt at hospitality with that man, especially as Christmas approaches. It has become my motivation to be more welcoming in all aspects of my life.

Affirmation: I am full in all areas of my life, I have more than enough to share, and my invitation of hospitality is real.

Call to Action: As we are in the midst of the holiday season, how can we be more sincere, hospitable, and loving towards our neighbors? Please share a time when you were able to reach out to someone, or missed a chance and it has been in the back of your mind.

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