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Afton loves living connected, especially during the storms of life. She writes about it in her book, Storm Sisters: Friends through All Seasons.

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  1. Yes!!!! This!!! Thank you for having eyes and heart to see others and then the words to encourage others to do the same.

  2. Great morning devotional! I always love seeing your name and face on the email’s top banner- I know it’s gonna be a great devotional if you are writing it! Many thanks!!

  3. I love your emphasis that hospitality isn’t just having people into our home, but is welcoming people and being friendly wherever we are. I have a feeling your hospitality has been an encouragement to many!

    Thank you for sharing and motivating us to be more attentive to the opportunities all around us to be kind and friendly as God brings people across our path.

  4. Yes, Afton, so often our warm welcome has nothing to do with the meal or the home, but instead it’s sliding over to make room on the bleachers or parking the shopping cart beside the paper towel aisle and settling in for a deep listen. Thank you for leading the way in this and sharing what’s working for you.

  5. I love the heart behind this post—it’s true. Hospitality is one (super incredibly powerful) way to be light bearers in this world. Such a good reminder—thanks for this!

  6. Afton, thanks for this timely reminder. My options for offering hospitality in my home are limited, but there’s a hospitality of the heart that I can practice regardless of where I am. And I love your use of Paul’s wonderful words in Philippians 2. I’ve never heard the passage used in this context, but it’s a perfect fit. Thank you!!

  7. Afton,

    Hospitality is about making room in your heart for someone else. Forgetting about ourselves & thinking of others. So often we rush around in a big hurry or we’re tired & worried about much that we don’t take the time to notice others. I’ve been pondering & working on this for some time. Each day I say hello to my co-workers & see how they are doing. Often times you will see me smiling & saying hello to strangers just wanting to make their day a little brighter. At church you will find me talking with & hugging the elderly. They & everyone needs to know that they are seen & loved.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. Thank You, Afton!

    I love your post! As an introvert, I have struggled with the typical notion of hospitality: having people in your house, making food, smiling a lot, and talking freely with everyone about everything, loudly! I am not that. And unless I have an epic brain trauma, it’s most likely that I will never be that! But we are ALL called to hospitality, introverts and extroverts. We are all called to welcome. To reach out. Our hospitality must come out of who we are. I may be quieter. I may smile at the shy child in his father’s arms. And softly gesture “I see you and I care about you” with my eyes to the teen sitting by herself, looking sad and closed in the back of the church. Sometimes quiet people need quiet welcomes from other quiet people. We are most effective In ministry when we know who we are. Wouldn’t you agree?

    Thank you for your post.

    • Yes, I so agree! I’m an introvert too. What great insights you have about smiling and welcoming people with your eyes. Not a busy, loud table but just as hospitable. Love that you know yourself and have learned to practice hospitality the way it works for you. I’m wondering if you have read the book Quiet by Susan Cain. Great book about living as an introvert in an extroverted world.