Saturday, December 1, 2012

Radical Hospitality at Christmas

We're rusty.  And out of practice.  At the hospitality game that is.  I'm sure you can figure out from posts past that Ryan and I really dig having friends and family over for dinner, hang outs, and parties.  Heck, Ryan likes it when the UPS guy delivers something so he can ask him how his day is and offer him a snack. Ha!  Love my husband.

But there is something extra special about the holidays and making your home a place of servant-hood and hospitality in this season.   Seems like one really legit way to stop grumbling about stress, worrying about buying more presents...and get our dang sinful eyes off ourselves.

Our new cheery door to greet anyone who comes in!

If there was ever something that I needed more-it's to slow down and stop acting like Christmas is such an emergency.  Nothing could be more needed than to allow Jesus space, welcome others in, and make our home the engedi haven it's meant to be.

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 

1 Peter 4:9

That word hospitality looks like this in the Greek: philoxenos  And it literally means "to be generous to guests" or "be a lover of hospitality" I love that last I love to be hospitable?  generous to others especially during the holidays?  open handed with my home and resources?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
    and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
    and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Isaiah 5:7

There are about a million ways to be hospitable and model Jesus' super legit way of welcoming anyone in.  Jesus hung with the hookers, the crazy family members, his friends, strangers, and those he loved.  Jesus was endlessly, radically generous and loving which is just a beautiful look into how our Decembers and Christmases CAN be.  Opposite of the way the world would like them to go.


 What will it look like for me to be hospitable in the coming month?  Consider the lonely family member, elderly neighbor down the street, refugees from the Middle East, or someone from out of town...whoever.  An invitation for dinner or dessert, or a night of games and hot chocolate might be the very thing that ministers to the depths of their souls.

   This verse has my mind churning and excited:

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 

Hebrews 13:2

I'm more fired up than ever to miss what the world has for me this Christmas.  And to do it Jesus' way instead.  Have dinner with the outcasts, enjoy a home brimming with people, have our souls filled around a meal, and minister to those in need.  Perhaps our greatest longing this Christmas should be for that of a holiday less about us...and more about the Lord's crazy, sweet way of living.

My Journey to 1000 Gifts 
649.  Messy, imperfect hospitality 
650.  Spaghetti pie and time with friends
651.  Ryan learning how to re-tile bathrooms
652.  Simple vanilla sugar cookies with homemade icing-delectable!
653.  Better communication
654.  Ryan at work X3 this week
655.  Wrapped gifts under the tree
656.  Our friend's sweet Baby Carter due in February 
657.  Last week of classes
658.  A semester full of grace and provision
659.  Ryan's ostomy support group and the life it breathed into him
660.  Dreaming about camping in spring and summer
661.  Perfect Pie Crust, no joke it will change your world
662.  A mama who will help us clean and serve
663.  5 loads of laundry and the machines to help wash and dry
664.  Hot cups of coffee to help me study
665.  The gospel of John-loving Jesus' counter-culture, maddeningly different ways


  1. I LOVE your door! I mean I REALLY love it!

    1. Order yourself a sticker Anna! It was $8 total. $7 for the sticker (plus they sent me a free red ornament decal which is oober cute) and $1 for shipping. Holla!
      Bought it here:

  2. This is a great post, Carly, with so many good motivating thoughts. When we lived in Budapest, we always had to spend Christmas without our family, so we invited friends but also single students and single missionaries who would have been alone. And those Christmases showed us something about Christmas that we miss when it's family-as-usual. And I so love your phrase: "stop acting like Christmas is such an emergency." We make too much and too little of the holidays, don't we? Bless you.

  3. I love this! Inviting people into our lives/homes is such an expression of God's love. Placing our focus on JESUS instead of ourselves is huge... Sometimes hard, but Oh, so pleasing to Him!

    I too, love your door! I'm on my way over to order a hospitable 'hello'.

    A new follower!
    Blessings to you!



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