Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers–being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.Hebrews 13:2
What is Hospitality? It comes from the Latin word hospes, hospitis and means ‘to host’. English words related to this Latin word:
- Hospital (a charitable institution for the needy, aged, infirm or young; an institution where the sick or injured are give medical or surgical care; a repair shop for specified small objects)
- Hospitable (given to generous and cordial reception of guests; promising or suggesting generous and friendly welcome; offering a pleasant or sustaining environment)
- Hospitality (hospitable treatment, reception or disposition)
Where can Hospitality take place? Certainly it can take place in our homes in many forms, to our families or to those who visit us. It can take place wherever we go as we give a friendly welcome or create a pleasant or sustaining environment to all that we meet.
I want to encourage everyone as I have been encouraged by the evidences of hospitality in our midst. I hesitate to call attention to individuals, as there are many who are faithfully and diligently and quietly practicing hospitality in their neighborhoods and beyond.
- Some are partnering with unbelieving neighbors to bring blessing to visiting students from China.
- Many are faithfully hosting life groups weekly to strengthen and grow our own sense of community within CHBC.
- The coffee team faithfully, behind the scenes, provides all that we need to relax in conversation with one another each Sunday morning.
- Official and unofficial greeters welcome regulars, visitors, and newcomers to CHBC each Sunday.
- We have short and long-term missionaries who go throughout the country and around the world to bring God’s invitation and God’s blessings to those who have yet to know Him.
- There are those among us who bless this community as they do their work so well that God is glorified and people are cared for in significant ways.
I am privileged to be a part of this hospitable community. May we be open to God’s creative leading as we anticipate new ways to be a welcoming fragrance in the culture where God has placed us.