I've enjoyed and been challenged by Offering Hospitality, and it's brought this subject more to the forefront of my mind. I realized that last week, without much fuss and fanfare, we hosted others four days in a row! I wanted to share about each of these occasions, with the hope that maybe it will inspire you to open your home.
Last Friday, our former pastor called to say he was in town for a few days. I invited him to join us that day for lunch even though I was going to be gone all morning with the kids. Our spread of sandwich fixings was nothing fancy; in fact, I was a little embarassed to be so casual. I did make a quick run to the store for grapes and chips to round out the meal, alongside carrot sticks and homemade cookies. Simple food, rich fellowship.
Saturday night, we hosted a couple families from church. This was actually a challenge our pastor gave in a sermon this spring, and something I want to be intentional about. This meal definitely took more preparation than Friday's lunch, although I chose an easy-peasy crockpot main dish to free up more time for the other dishes.
On Sunday, we invited a close friend over for dinner. It was a last minute invite, so I didn't alter our original menu, but he didn't seem to mind. =)
Finally, Monday evening, we hosted our third annual ice cream social for the neighbors on our block (11 of 14 households were represented). We always provide the tableware and location, a designated neighbor brings the ice cream, and everyone else brings a topping to share. We had a wonderful time visiting, and many people said how much fun they had. It's been a fun tradition--we actually hosted the first one a few weeks after we moved into this house!
So there you have it: four occasions in four days. I didn't do anything fancy for any of them, but people still appreciate the invitation. I hope you will consider opening your home sometime soon. And if you'd like to read more on this subject, I encourage you to visit Offering Hospitality!