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Deborah writes and raises funds for Christian nonprofits. She’s been married to David for more than two decades and they have a daughter, three sons, and two very demanding cats.

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  1. It is easy to confuse hospitality with entertaining. You make some good points here. Hospitality is really about meeting a need, and so is love.

  2. Thank you for the reminder. I have to focus on making the other people feel welcome and forget about the way I’m feeling. I read yesterday to remember that we all are in kinship and because of that can accept other people who seem different than we are.

    • Yes. Focusing on the comfort and needs of others helps to get the eyes off self, doesn’t it?

  3. Such a great post and a great reminder! As a new person in our town and church, this statement is SO TRUE: “Because sometimes the need is simply to be invited.”

  4. Deborah,
    True hospitality is more than hosting a game night, a book club, or even a t dinner with friends–thank goodness! I’m with you on hosting people in my house. I may have 1 or 2 come in for a little bit, but not a group.
    I try to meet needs all the time. I don’t usually ask the other person if they want/need help I just jump in. Last year I made/ brought 3 different meals for a friend and hubby when her parents were in hospital. If I think/know people can use money I will send some anonymously. The spirit of Christ is in me and wanting to help the situation.
    Years ago when I was in college and away from my parents a family sort of adopted me. The first night alone they brought me a plate of their dinner. They took me out to eat a few times, invited me to their house for dinner and had a super bowl pizza party. Their hospitality towards a stranger was welcomed and very appreciated. Now I try to return the favor to any one I can!

    • Isn’t it wonderful how being on the receiving end of hospitality encourages us to be hospitable to others? It does for me. Being invited makes me want to invite as well.

  5. It also takes practice! Which means failing a bunch of times first. An open, willing heart and a desire to serve and get better will make it great even in the “failures”.

  6. This is so lovely, vulnerable and inspiring. I am taking to heart what you’ve said about looking carefully for the needs I can meet. While I do invite and love doing it, this has expanded my thinking.