Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of hospitality. How does that resonate with you? Is that how you define hospitality?
In my head, hospitality often looks like a fancy dinner, nice outfit, adults chatting, well-behaved children, a clean house, comfortable seating. Hospitality gets muddled and confused with playing hostess or throwing a party. It often gets confused by striving for an unrealistic form of perfection.
If welcoming people into my home looks like a panic frenzy, mistreating my family in the process of getting “ready,” then something is off. That picture is most definitely not holy.
I want to re-write my cultural image of hospitality to be shaped by ideas of warmth, care, support, available, comfort, tenderness, and even sacrifice. I want to seek after a biblical understanding of hospitality.
When you hear hospitality, what comes to mind?