Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hospitality

Our dear friend Katie just headed home for Tennessee after a short visit with us this week. We took that woman to the mountains for a hike, on a massive bike ride in Golden, to Ryan's work to play with water, and of course to the Coor's Tour (Short version people! Just wanted the free beer). Did I mention we were there by 10:30 am this morning?

Katie is also a fabulous baker and constantly blesses people with her mad skillz so she decided we should make homemade apple pie a la mode. Enter Ryan's drooling and swooning over this pie. I just helped a little, Sous Chef style.


{Just a half crust was apparently all this recipe wanted to make}

{Katie adding signature slices in the top crust of the pie}

{Have mercy! This thing was delicious}

So as we sent her on her way I started thinking more and more about hospitality and what scripture has to say about it. Good hospitality must stretch beyond a clean house and keeping them entertained from sun up to sun down. Ryan and I are not perfect at this or even adequate at times but here is what we're learning:

But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit
Jude 1:20

One of coolest parts of hospitality is prayer. Sure, sure I run the vacuum and dust or whatever but what better way to serve and host someone than to cover them in prayer? Prayers that they would arrive safely, prayers that they would leave your home more refreshed than they came, prayers for whatever life issues they might share during their time with you, prayers for a continued relationships to grow between you and them. Lots of ways to serve them before, during and after your time together!

When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Romans 12:13

Now I don't know if people who stay with us or come into our home are always going to be "in need" but what I gain from this verse is to anticipate and read people's needs. Are they thirsty, hungry, tired, needing to talk, dirty, sleepy, ready to chill, hot, cold, burdened, or something else? How can we meet some of their needs as their host and just serve them?

So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 8:15

Uh did the Bible really just say that? Holla! Learn to enjoy guests! Plan things of course, but just enjoy being with them no matter what you do. All of our guests and friends are different but when we host we try to think through what will they enjoy? What would they like to do with our time together? A hike? A home cooked dinner? A tour or outing of some sort? Time outside? Time to relax? Whatever it is, we want it to be enjoyable and celebrating of life!

Here is one of my favorite verses of all time just in general and on the topic of hospitality...

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

Hebrews 13:2


I'll just end here. Do you even get so giddy thinking about entertaining flippin ANGELS? I just think that is so cool. Who knows if I have but if I ever do I hope my mind is off how clean the floors are and focused on Jesus-the source for all ability to love and serve people well.

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