What a St.Patrick's Day treat it was for Michael and I to enjoy an evening of good food and fellowship with Dottie and Don from our home group (the couple in the center) and Christi and Jeff (the couple on the left).
As soon as we sat down at the table we all took the scrolls from our drinking glasses and unrolled them to discover the words to the song "getting to know you". It was a joyful noise to hear us all singing this song together and a fun way to set the tone for the evening. Don prayed for our meal after taking a minute to share with us that this was a first for him as he has just recently become a follower of Christ. We were all honored to be a witness to SUCH A MEMORABLE MOMENT... and yours truly was wiping tears from her eyes. Our God is an awesome God!
We were served the traditional corned beef, cabbage and potatoes... Dottie was tickled to tell us the recipes for each dish came from her son... who is a chef... so every bite was exceptional... and the festive green decorations just added a fun flavor to our meal together. After dinner we sat around the table playing Outburst and laughing hilariously... and then moved into the living room to watch Thou Shalt Laugh... a video of Christian stand up comedians to make you LAUGH OUT LOUD.
And what a surprise and blessing it was when Christi came with gifts for each of us girls... herself included. She had taken the time to make us these beautiful green beaded bracelets that we not only wore and modeled for dinner but will now have as a remembrance of our wonderful HOSPITALITY DINNER together and what a delightful memory it will be.
Have you considered having a hospitality dinner? Inviting one couple you already know can give you the confidence and the comfort level to invite a second couple (married or two singles) who you don't know or don't know well. There are a lot of lonely people among us... even in our own churches... longing to be known... and just think how many MEMORABLE MOMENTS are just waiting for you to enjoy! Is hospitality a part of your lifestyle? Or is God tugging at your heartstrings to reach out and invite others into your heart and your home? If so... either way...let me know... I'd love to hear about your experiences!
You have said in your Word that we are to "practice hospitality"... it is your desire for us... as a way of showing love to one another. The enemy has robbed us of this wonderful time of breaking bread and fellowship together far too long by convincing us that we don't have time... or our homes have to perfect and clean... or our meals have to be gourmet. Lord, would you deliver us from this lie and set us free to enjoy true hospitality with one another according to our own giftings and no one elses... whether it's pizza and prayer or lasagna and laughter... may you be glorified and may many among us be blessed.