Hospitality and hospital come from the same Latin word, for they both lead to the same result– healing.  When you open your door to someone, you are sending this message:  “You matter to me and to God.”

Do you know people who need this message?  Your hospitality can be their hospital.  All you need are a few basic practices.

  • Issue a genuine invitation.  Let your guests know you want them to come.
  • Make a big deal of their arrival.  One of God’s children is coming to your house!
  • Address the needs of your guests.  Modern-day hospitality includes the sharing of food and drink along with time to talk and listen.
  • Send them out with a blessing.  Make it clear you are glad your guests came.  Offer a prayer for their safety and a word of encouragement for their travel.

Open your table.  Even more, open your circle.