Friday, March 19

Thoughts on Hospitality

"I want you to share your food with the hungry and bring right into your own homes those who are helpless, poor and destitute. Clothe those who are cold and don't hide from relatives who need your help.
If you do these things, God will shed His own glorious light upon you. He will heal you; your godliness will lead you forward, and goodness will be a shield before you, and the glory of the Lord will protect you.
Then, when you call, the Lord will answer. 'Yes, I am here,' he will quickly reply."
Isaiah 58:7-9 Living Bible

"If you have never done any of these things, or things of this nature, if you have been married for years and years and have had a home (or even a room) and none of this has ever occured, if you have been quiet especially as our culture is crumbling around us, if this is so - do you really believe that people are going to hell? And if you really believe that, how can you stand and say, "I have never paid the price to open my living place and do the things that I can do"? Francis Schaeffer quoted in Open Heart, Open Home by Karen Burton Mains
We want the government to do the job of the church, of followers of Christ: paying for foodbanks for the hungry, caring for modern day orphans in group homes, institutions and foster care, giving vouchers for those needing clothing and shelter, subsidies for housing and heat... We even depend on the government to do the impossible job of bringing healing to broken minds and damaged souls - and then we shake our heads and blame the government for failing at our job.

It's easy to be hospitable to the trendy new people we meet, the ones with nice jobs, the culturally relevent ones, the ones who will appreciate good food and can reciprocate the invitation, inviting us into their trendy homes, the ones who don't make us feel uncomfortable, the ones who don't make us feel anything like uneasy or sad or compassionate or exhausted.
Heavy thoughts, but these are the ones I'm thinking today. Join me.


Karen G. said...

Hey -
Loved your post - it made me think and reflect. I agree with you for the most part. I struggle with an extended family situation and ask God almost daily to help me know what I should do in that situation. I want my family to be saved and I want them to be prosperous but they are where they are because of decisions that they've made - willingly - despite every attempt on our part. And its sad. I won't give up and not pray for them but I also pray for the right things to do.

Anonymous said...

Great thoughts!! Love you!


Cindy said...

I really enjoyed this post and am glad to have found your blog!

Laryssa Herbert said...

My heart is on a journey too. My path seems to go in the same direction as yours. May well all live solely for the glory of God and not be afraid to do the hard things.

Anonymous said...

Partly due to your blog, I have been thinking those thoughts lately.

Flannel Jammies Farm said...

Our church went 'out into the community' today, sharing love, food and gifts, and help with others. Some were easy stops: the library, the police station, the fire station. Others were harder: nursing and rehabilitation centers and home of the 'unlovely' in need of cleaning and repair. I was so moved by my visit to the nursing home and a dear lady I shared my time and heart with. I'm sharing your heavy thoughts and blessed that I found this post today.

Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm said...

Amen to this post! I often am so frustrated by the far right that detest immigrants, want to phase out government issued money for the poor and want to leave those without healthcare who need it most. I don't understand how they hide behind God when their action go against everything God would want of them. Great post and I wholeheartedly agree!! said...


Thank you for your challenging post. As an emptynester, I am thinking about the space that is unused in our home.
I've started with a hospitality fund that is a part of our monthly budget. This is used for shared meals with friends or getting to know new friends or buying groceries for the food bank.
You are an inspiration! Keep writing. Nancy in Jacksonville