I really enjoyed reading your comments on last month's post about homemaking skills. In fact, I have a couple more follow-up posts brewing in my head.
For today's purposes, though, I wanted to focus on hospitality. Though that word has a wider meaning, for this post, I'm defining it as opening your home to others. I really appreciated how honest many of you were in sharing reasons why you don't have people over much: a husband (or other family member, including yourself) who does not enjoy hospitality, or wanting the house to be presentable/perfect (ha!) These are definitely valid reasons, but I'd like to encourage you to consider opening your home to others. After all, the Bible says to "offer hospitality to one another without grumbling" (I Peter 4:9) and "Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." (Romans 12:13).
To address the concerns mentioned, I know I don't expect someone's house to look spotless when I come over--do you expect that from others, whether or not you place that standard on your own home? As for someone in your family who does not enjoy hospitality, that is trickier to navigate. I wonder if anyone reading has suggestions to offer in this case?
As for my own hospitality efforts, we're having my husband's new colleagues over for brunch later this morning. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I'm using the same menu from when we hosted the college president: Farmer casserole (recipe in previous link), fresh fruit, beverages, and cheese muffins (really yummy and slightly sweet). I opted for no caramel rolls this time, because mine always turn out either doughy or crunchy.
Hosting a small brunch feels manageable to me. It's just 6 people, and the menu is simple. My husband originally wanted to invite his office for lunch, but we decided a mid-morning gathering was a more casual choice. (There will obviously be a toddler running around, so casual is good!) None of his new co-workers have been in our home yet, so I'm looking forward to welcoming them.
As you continue to ponder this topic that is near to my heart, I'd like to end with the following quote from Radical Hospitality:
"The image of preparing a table, or preparing a place, is a good overall image for hospitality. In genuine hospitality we work to make our entire existence a welcoming table, a place prepared for others to be at ease, to receive from us comfort and strength."