The Dinner Table.
Hebrews 13:2- Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
It’s comforting, it’s familiar, it’s consistent, it’s expected.
When I was growing up, our family always ate together. Give or take a night depending on sports, etc. Mom would most likely make the meal, and dad would read a passage of scripture. All four of us kids had to say one thing we learned.
Earlier this year, Micah and I had leftovers for dinner and because he knew that’s what we were having he heated them up without me while I was getting ready. haha you should have seen our faces.
me: you ate without me? 😦
him: with food in his mouth, just silent, not knowing what to say.
we just laughed and talked about what dinner would look like with our family. I love learning each other and learning together.
I love food, family & friends, the idea of people sharing their days, getting to know each other and making time for one another no matter what else is going on in the day.
It’s no wonder that I love the idea of hospitality. I love people and cooking and baking. It just makes sense that I would feel gifted in that area.
Micah has to remind me from time to time though, that we arent being hospitable necessarily if we always have people over that we know… I want my kids (if we have any) to grow up asking who is coming over tonight? Baking, cooking, and cleaning right by our sides, learning to ask questions, to pray for others, to love and serve others well. Even if they arent their favorite playmates from school.
I read the following this morning on a blog I check in on from time to time:
“Mennonite Girls Can Cook .. . is more than just recipes.
It is about HOSPITALITY versus entertaining.
It is about BLESSING versus. impressing.
It is about taking God’s Bounty, and co-creating the goodness from God’s creation into something that we can bless our family and friends with, to help sustain our health and energy. From a simple and rustic recipe, to everyday ingredients made into a thing of beauty.
No matter which way you look at it, wonderful things happen when given the opportunity to gather around the table.
A chance to nurture and build relationships,
to fellowship and encourage one another.
To create a place of refuge for those who have had a stressful day.”
I thought that was so simple and beautiful.
Whether its your floor, coffee table, Pottery Barn table, or father-in-law made with love table. Who are we inviting around it to bring into our (hopefully) peaceful, safe, and joyful homes? And no, that doesnt mean “perfect” Martha Stewart catalog looking homes. Things are never as clean as we want, kids scream, messes are made, ackwardness can happen- but we learn from eachother! Hospitality isnt just for people that feel “gifted” in that area, things are never going to be perfect, so dont worry about that and invite someone over!
So many people I know show hospitality so well, and I am thankful to have learned what I can from them.
Romans 12:13- Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Colossians 3:23 and 24- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
1 Timothy 5:10- And having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.
1 Peter 4:9- Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.