Twice in the last four days we have found ourselves with unplanned company. We have found ourselves welcoming these friends into our home, sharing a meal around the table and hanging out to visit for a goodly amount of time.
I discovered something.
It filled my soul!
And I realized that this is a rare occurrence in our home. But it didn’t used to be.
We need this back in our lives.
I got to thinking about my grandmothers. They always were ready for such occasions because this happened frequently. One, they were both pastors’ wives and two, they lived much, much slower lives than we do. NOT less busy, just slower. Where visiting took precedent over watching TV or sports or might I be so bold to say, this.
They were always ready to welcome family, friends and/or neighbors to sup around the table and visit. One of my grandma Syversons famous lines we cousins used to laugh about was, “wanna a lil’ lunch?” Because anyone that walked through her door would hear that question, no matter what time of day it was. It could have been 9:00pm at night. It didn’t matter.
What a blessed woman she was. Such a sweet example of serving the Lord always, in everything she did. She was the letter writer I have talked about. She taught me much.
I want to be more like grandma and ready to welcome others into my home at a moments notice.
People don’t tend to just show up at your door any more these days so I need to learn to be intentional about it. Inviting friends for tea or having families over for dinner regularly. Last summer we had a Sunday afternoon book club in our home once or twice a month. That was so lovely. It is time to kindle that back up and finish that book we started.
Hebrews 13: 2 says “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Entertaining, welcoming, loved ones as well is welcoming Christ into our homes.
I look forward to more times like this, hopefully far more often than it has been happening lately.
It kindles joy!