Our lives are so crazy rushed these days. I can’t tell you how many people I truly want to have a meal with and sit and fellowship growing closer together as spiritual sisters in Christ. It just seems like I have NO TIME. Speed is the enemy of true and trusted intimacy between all of us. Back in the days when Jesus walked the earth, meal time with your friends would take hours!! You popped by your friend Esther’s house with your family on a Sunday and girlfriend would go kill her best goat to make you a delicious meal. You would chit chat for hours while the fire was stoked and the goat was prepared, all the while figs, cheese and probably garlic hummus with flat bread would be put out for snacking. You and your family would be taken care of. You felt welcome and loved. That is a friendship!
When people back then brought a stranger to dinner they were still treated with the same kindness and generosity. I believe that is also known as HOSPITALITY. I think it is time we brought that back. I really feel that it is a lost art that is needed desperately today.
Yes, I connect with my Bible Study friends, and my ministry groups. That is usually for a purpose that we are getting together and I do love it!! I just want more!! I need more time for the important people. I want coffee time with my strong Sisters in Christ, women who fill my spirit. I want Sunday potlucks with a family or two, or more!! Families that will grow closer to Christ along with mine!! I want to go grab some spicy tacos with other married Christian friends. Double dates where we pray in public and talk about how blessed we are to have Jesus as part of our marriages!!
I am blessed. I do have these things. I just want more of them. More than one event, once a month. My light seems brighter and bolder when I slow down and get close to my Christian Sisters and Brothers. It is nice to even just sit around the joy that other believers can bring when they get together. Not even participating in a conversation, just sitting, breathing in the atmosphere, drinking in the love of Christ that fills the room. This is what my soul craves. More Jesus.
I want to work on my hospitality. I want my home to be a place of refuge for the tired soul. I want to have meals for my friends like Christ did, that take hours but recharge their spirits as they go back into the chaotic world we live in. I want and pray that nonbelievers can see the joy that comes from this Christian hospitality and have them know they are welcome to come and experience the incredible love of Christ with us.
Lord, make my home a place of true hospitality. May it be a place where people come and know that you are present. May meals served here, even if just coffee and muffins, be spiritually filling and strengthening of eternal friendships. Then when we go out on our own separate journeys I pray Your precious name always be given the glory as we serve You in our daily living. We love You Lord. Amen