…”To be a hostess, I’m going to have to surrender my notions of ‘Good Housekeeping’ domestic perfection. I will have to set down my pride and invite people over even if I have not dusted. This is tough: My mother set a high standard. Her house is always immaculate, most especially if she’s expecting company. But if I wait for immaculate, I will never have a guest.
God’s Creation gives us a model for making and sharing homes with people, but the reality of God’s Trinitarian life suggests that Christian hospitality goes further than that. We are not meant simply to invite people into our homes, but also to invite them into our lives. Having guests and visitors, if we do it right, is not an imposition, because we are not meant to rearrange our lives for our guests- we are meant to invite our guests to enter into our lives as they are. It is this forging of relationships that transforms entertaining (i.e., deadly dull cocktail parties at the country club) into hospitality (i.e., a simple pizza on my floor.) As writer Karen Burton Mains puts it, ‘Visitors may be more than guests in our home. If they like, they may be friends.'”
–Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F. Winner
How would you define hospitality? Looking into this and more. Catch you tomorrow!