1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality to one another without grudging.<p>
Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. <p>
I was thinking about this some, it has been hard for me to have guests in the past few years, but before that, it seemed like maybe because we lived in a community, we had people in our home all the time, to eat, drink tea or just visit. I really miss that! There were no big houses, I remember one time when there was 50 people in the cabin next door, it was 16×24 feet, 2 story, but we were all downstairs. The children lined the steps. There were alot of meals together, which were fun! We would look at what we had and make a dinner or lunch together. I got some of my best friends that we made over some interesting meals. I particularly remember some Reuben Sandwiches. i had some corned beef, someone else had some cheese we had to trim mold off of, and some rye bread someone gave us and I think someone else had some sauerkraut. I remember laughing over those sandwiches and having fun making them, even though they probably did not taste the best! <p> This has reminded me of how much I worry about having people over. I worry that I will not know what to say, my food will not be good, the children will not have anything to do, or something. <p> There is a family here at church that is an example to me. They have a small house, but often have huge groups of people over for celebrations, gatherings and everyone has a great time! <p> I live in a mobile home, which people often mention is small, and I have gotten scared as I have invited people over who have had excuses, so I figure maybe they do not want to come over. <p> I found this blog called The Reluctant Entertainer
She had some really good things to say! <p> I am going to try to have more people over, to conquer my fear of rejection, fear of the house not being good enough. I have been wanting to do a bunch of new things, most of them I cannot do yet because of lack of funds, but I think this will be the cheapest one to re-conquer!<p> I believe community is very important, especially community in the church. When people get hurt by others, it is often hard to re-open up and trust enough to open your home, but in doing just even a short bible study on hospitality, I see how important it is. <p> I get so lonely sometimes and when I wonder if it is me that is why people do not invite me over, but maybe it is because I do not invite them over? <p> So, part of my organizing homeschooling will have to include this!