"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." Hebrews 13:2
"Distributing to the necessity of saints, given to hospitality." Romans 12:13
If a visitor stopped by your home today, this very moment, would you be prepared?
Would you have a halfway tidy home? Do you have a clean glass for a bit of ice water or a cup for tea? Would you have a clean, uncluttered place to let your guest rest?
Hospitality is something hard to find in our day. Many homes are empty through the day and evening, with mom gone working long hours outside the home, running errands after those long work hours, children gone to and fro doing a flurry of activities after the school day.
No one is home.
This wasn't the norm in our mother's day, or in the days preceding her. Mom and Grandma were housewives, homebodies...home.
They were there to tend to their visitors as well.
Each day Grandma would have her home immaculate. Floors appeared freshly vaccuumed with her old reliable sweeper from an era past. Handmade quilts and afghans added color to worn but well loved furniture. The drapes, heavy and layered with lace, were always clean and pressed. The kitchen held heavenly scents of fresh baked goodies if she knew visitors were coming. The counters held cannisters from her early years of housekeeping, the walls and cabinets all washed white. Crisp fresh linens covered guest beds waiting for someont to tuck deep inside the sandwich of sheets and quilts.
She always had ready a teapot prepared to pop on the stove top at a moment's notice.
Grandma has been gone now for nearly 30 years. While her body has long passed after over 80 years of hard work as a farmer's wife in the Midwest, fond memories of her live on.
I know we can't go back to the days of our mothers and grandmothers, but we CAN still have hospitality in our homes. We don't have to be a block full of houses with shut doors (ok, if it's freezing outside, totally understand), lights off, no one home. We can be at home, with fresh goodies baked, a cup of tea ready, and a warm smile.
We can still be hospitable.
One never knows whether we will be entertaining angels!
Set out the teacups!