When do we see the need for welcome?
Is it when someone comes to stay with us? Eat with us? Have a drink with us?
Is it when new people come into our families, our communities, our church?
What about the smaller moments – when a child approaches to share a secret, when a friend needs a place to confide, when a family member longs to share the news of their day with us – do we make the effort to make them feel welcome too? Or do we want to get on with what we’re doing and tell ourselves we’ll make time for them later?
Do we welcome the ordinary, small gestures of the everyday as well as the different and unusual?
How can we make welcome an attitude as well as an activity?
“HOSPITALITY, rather than being something you achieve, is something you enter. It is an adventure that takes you where you never dreamed of going. It is not something you do, as much as it is someone you become. You try and you fail. You try again. You make room for one person at a time, you give one chance at a time, and each of these choices of the heart stretches your ability to receive others. This is how we grow more hospitable — by welcoming one person when the opportunity is given to you.”
– Daniel Homan and Lonni Collins Pratt, Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love
Used in welcome service
H/T Missional Church Network