Monday, October 25, 2010

Hospitality to Strangers

by Crystal

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2

As the Bible states in Hebrews 13:2, we are called to show hospitality to strangers. But how do we do this in today's society and still keep our families safe?

Here are a few suggestions I have come across that are especially important during the holiday season where you can minister either outside your home or anonymously in some cases.

* Volunteer at a shelter, soup kitchen or the local food bank.

* Arrange to provide a holiday meal for your local firefighters, police officers or other emergency workers who don't get holidays off.

* Participate in a gift ministry such as the Salvation Army or Angel Tree.

* Invite some single people from church or work who have no family around over to share your families holiday meal.

Remember, hospitality is not just having people over for dinner. It is simply showing the love of Christ through any act of service. My special charge for each of our readers today is to participate in a hospitality to strangers ministry this season. My family and I have been the recipients from some of these ministries and I cannot express how blessed we felt all from the kindness and love of someone we've never met and I am always eager to give back when I can.

Maybe some of you already are a part of this kind of ministry? Would you care to tell us about it? Leave a short comment below or send us an email to be featured in a later post.

2 comments:

  1. I particularly like the idea of inviting people over from church or work who have no family around! When I was growing up, my family did not live near any of our relatives and it always was exciting to be invited over by other families to share in the meal or celebration. The same is true for us now...we do not live near family. We either have to make a concerted effort to GET to family or we have to come up with something else to do. We're always on the lookout for people in our similar situation.

    I think that's a really good point and it really doesn't hurt a family's celebration to include someone who might otherwise be alone.

    Thanks for sharing these ideas, Crystal!

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  2. This is an excellent reminder and challenge

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