Hospitality is not about perfect spaces and well planned parties. Hospitality is a lifestyle marked by welcoming others as Christ has welcomed us (Romans 15:7).
Our individualistic society has nearly rejected this fine art as of late. It has been replaced with scrolling through newsfeeds and binge watching Netflix. The intimate, personal relationships formed within the context of a hospitable home are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Yet it is to this gentle art of hospitality that we are called as Christians.
Welcome to my family’s journey to see what this means. Here we will explore why hospitality is important, what the Bible has to say about it, what kind of impact it could make in our neighborhoods, cities, and nations, and how to ready our homes and hearts for the task at hand. We will also explore other areas of the Christian life because I believe they cannot be separated, and we will explore good resources that will help us grow in our Christian journey – our journey toward hospitable hearts.
First let me say that I am in no way a hospitality expert. I am passionate about it because I think it is an oft neglected command of Scripture that can impact our families, churches, and communities in radical ways, but that in no way qualifies me as an expert. I am taking a journey and I would really love to have you come along.
I grew up hopping between the frigid beauty of Wasilla, Alaska and the quaint family ties of Rome, New York. I met my husband as a teenager in church and he became my high school sweetheart. He went to college two years before I did. I studied Bible and written communication at what is now called Clarks Summit University. Three weeks after on-campus classes ended I married my dear husband and we moved to the Syracuse, New York area. We worked with a local church there for a year before being called to a small church plant in Binghamton, New York whose pastor was leaving for the foreign mission field. You will learn a lot more about that time in our lives through this blog but suffice it to say it was a crazy and yet wonderful time filled with happy memories & almost unbelievable stories.
Three years into our service in Binghamton things were rather difficult. We were passionate about sharing the gospel with the people of Binghamton but it appeared every door was closing. We were renting a space as a church that had major problems. We were lacking almost all funding. I was a stay at home mom to a beautiful baby girl and my husband worked full-time at a juvenile detention center and full-time in the pastorate. We weren’t sure what was coming but we knew something was going to have to change soon.
At that time we received a call to bring our congregation with us across town to Calvary Baptist Church where Bill would serve as pastor and the rest of us would work to find our space. The rest is history. We have now been in Binghamton for 5 and a half years. We have two beautiful, hysterical children who brighten every day and are beginning a journey to adoption.
All this time we have been striving to be hospitable and have seen beautiful things come from it. But I began to notice that each experience in hospitality was beginning to seem like its own separate act; something I could be happy with until the next time approached. As I looked through the Scriptures, however, I began to see hospitality modelled as a lifestyle – not separate instances to rack up but a course of welcoming in our lives that extends beyond dinner parties and afternoon tea to every area and every location.
If you want to jump right in please check out The Taste Of Welcome – How Tomatoes Taught Me to Crave Hospitality.
Please consider taking this journey with me! Feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts! I would love to hear from you!
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