There is something about a freshly brewed pot of tea (or coffee) that brings out the best conversations. Growing up whenever I had a rough day or needed to sort through things my parents would say “Emily, We’re making a pot of tea…come sit down.” We (mostly me) would talk, they would listen and always always point me back to God and His truth.
I treasure those talks and have translated this tradition to my own life. Whenever I have a friend over, I brew a pot of tea (The Earl’s Garden from David’s Tea is a recent favorite), find a comfy spot on the couch and listen. Pour yourself a cup of tea and as the quote above says “Let’s talk of happy things”.
I was reading a familiar passage (Romans 12) the other day, and stumbled upon this verse “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” The heading above that particular section (in my bible anyways) says “Love in Action”. It hit me, hospitality isn’t about having a perfectly clean home or planning a four course meal. Hospitality IS love in action. True hospitality is opening your heart and home (even the messy bits) to those in your life. Hospitality means carving time out of your busy schedule to sit, talk and be fully present.
Whether you live alone in a small cottage or have 6 kids, 2 dogs and a house on the hill YOU are called to practice hospitality. Hospitality may look different for everyone but let’s rely on God’s grace, take a step of faith, & share our lives and heart with those who need it most.
A few simple things that encourage GraceFull Hospitality:
Invite a friend over for a cup of tea and conversation. Focus on getting to know her more NOT whether your house looks perfect.
Next time you bake something, double the recipe and share it with your neighbors. You never know what God-moments may happen.
Surprise a single friend with an invitation to join you for family dinner. Some of my favorite evenings are those spent with friends and their crazy kiddos!
Do a quick clean up on Sunday night, you’ll be able to welcome unexpected guests to your home, with joy and peace. Remember it doesn’t have to be PERFECT to be beautiful.
Next time you have guests stay over night, prepare a simple basket with tea, a bottle of water and a good devotional book. This simple gesture can make your guest feel welcome and apart of your home.
How can you put love into action today and practice hospitality?