What does a life of hospitality mean to you?
hos·pi·tal·i·ty the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.
Hospitality is so many different things. It is the hospitality shown by the Good Samaritan toward the injured man. Even though the Samaritan knew his people were considered outcasts by the Jews, he did not hesitate to help the man, even paying for the injured man’s lodging. It is welcoming everyone to the table even if you personally do not agree with views expressed by some. It is having respectful dialog with someone whose views and opinions differ vastly from yours. Even if at the end you “agree to disagree”, you have made the effort to be hospitable and to try to understand the other’s point of view and you have made sure they understand that they are still welcome at your table. It is listening to a friend, acquaintance or even a stranger who needs a few minutes of your time to talk about whatever is troubling them. Hospitality is listening and providing a safe place for them to unburden themselves.
Ultimately, for me, hospitality is “Love your neighbor as yourself”. I try to be welcoming to all who enter my life. I try to be understanding when their views do not match mine. I hope I can be friendly toward all and offer whatever hospitality they need to be comfortable.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Help me to have an open heart toward all. Help me to offer hospitality to all who need it and provide a place at the table for them. Amen.