Sunday, August 2, 2009

Bread for the Journey



Bread for the Journey
Hospitality

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 4:9

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

Hebrews 13:2

Hospitality was taught by example in most Mennonite homes. Friends, family and neighbours knew they were welcome at any time and it was not unusual to invite strangers for a meal – the farm hands, salesmen, a family in need.


The Bible urges each person to show hospitality to those around them and to do it generously and without complaining. Hospitality is also listed as one of the spiritual gifts especially given to some individuals.

So many think that hospitality requires a specially set table and a fancy meal. However in our busy lives, most of us don’t have the time or inclination to do this.

The hospitality the Bible speaks of merely requires that we willingly share what we have with others.
A bowl of soup, take out pizza, a cup of coffee or the beautifully prepared meal – a warm bed, the offer of a ride, or a place to stay when misfortune strikes. All are ways to show hospitality to one another.

And don’t forget to extend that same hospitality to your children, your parents, and yes, even to yourself. In doing so you are a living example of the grace God has extended to you.

9 comments:

  1. I like your post about hospitality. For me, being hospitable is my chance to show others that I love them. I try to make everything special but most of all I want my guests to feel special and to know how important they are to me and my family. My mother was the most hospitable person I've ever known, so I guess I learned from the best! You sweet Mennonite gals are setting such good examples of hospitality for your children and your blogging readers. Love your thoughts and recipes!Blessings...

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  2. I agree that we don't need anything fancy to be hospitable. I think the best times I've had with people are the impromptu ones when I didn't fuss about everything or times when I've been to someone's home and they didn't fuss and everyone seemed more comfortable just being together. I would love to be more like a Mary instead of a Martha.

    Thanks for reminding me about this wonderful gift of hospitality (although I'm not sure I have it!)and maybe nudging me a bit!

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  3. Bev . .you are hospitable. Your actions in your community are an example to us all.
    I love having friends and family over to our home but I know I need to be more sensitive to those that have needs that I don't know. ..

    Thank you for your thoughts this morning.

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  4. I love your thought for this sunday! It made me feel very small, but was a great reminder to become more sensitiv to peoples needs every day anew! When I manage to make people feel at home (be it a fancy meal or just a cup of tea, give a lift, go out of my own way to help) it gives happyness to everyone! Thank you and Blessings
    Andrea

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  5. I guess that's why I made fresh blueberry platz this morning and took it along up to Manning as we visited family. It's all gone.
    You have been a real example of hospitality Bev, and it's a real encouragement to all of us, eg..how you gave B&B to a complete stranger from Belgium.

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  6. A nice reminder for us all in this micro-wave era, we all need to slow down long enough just to share ourselves.

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  7. Hopitality is a gift that keeps on giving. Thank you for this reminder, Bev... you encouraged me.

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  8. Thank you for your post today Bev. I must say that some of our favorite memories of hosting or being hosted were on short notice, or just very simple. The pleasure and memory were in the friendship shared. You and Harv are wonderful examples of gracious hospitality. Thanks you for so often blessing Scot and I through your gift. Kathy

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