By HERSHBERGER MIC
What does it suggest for Christians to be hospitable? How, during this age of urgent closing dates and busy schedules, do we retain from sighing with the heaviness of 1 extra Christian responsibility? Hospitality is frequently obvious as a bland perform of politeness or a call for participation to be harmed by way of a stranger. Biblical hospitality is diverse. God's name to like the stranger is neither uninteresting nor harmful. as an alternative, it really is a call for participation to event God in a brand new method. no longer in a fashion that depletes our strength, yet continually in a manner the place turn into 3, as God joins us on the desk. humans often do not count on surprises. but biblical hospitality, the decision to like the stranger, promises shock is simply round the nook. The visitor turns into the host. Givers obtain greater than they provide. God is noticeable within the impossible humans. within the technique, we develop into site visitors of the main gracious Host of all.
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Extra resources for A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises (The Giving Project Series)
We will work so hard at hospitality that we will become inhospitable. We will bark at the people we love. Perhaps we won't even attempt hospitality because it's too scary or too much work. Maybe, like me, we will catch our clothes on fire trying to impress our friends. This book is about a journey into hospitality. Like the stranger who comes to your door, some of these ideas will be new and different. Some of them will seem scary at Page 32 first, maybe even hostile. Let them come in and sit awhile, as your guests.
We recall the joy of finding gracious welcome in a foreign place or the vulnerability of needing hospitality but not finding it. We remember the unsettling experience of welcoming a stranger only to find that things are not as they first appeared. We cherish memories of times when we felt too weary to invite someone in but opened the door anyway and discovered that our guest brought us life and refreshment. We have stories of abundance and sacrifice, joy and disappointment, grace and gift. In the practice of hospitality, we encounter unlikely but wonderful hosts and difficult but divine guests.
She makes room for the disappointments and the unexplainable. In recognizing the risks and the dangers, she helps us come to grips with the complexity of a practice that often surprises us. Simple acts of hospitality sometimes involve us in unexpected transformations, encounters with angels, and startling role reversals. Through Michele Hershberger's work, we are invited to anticipate and experience the life-giving surprises of hospitality. CHRISTINE D. POHL PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL ETHICS ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY WILMORE, KENTUCKY AUTHOR OF RECOVERING HOSPITALITY AS A CHRISTIAN TRADITION Page 12 Author's Preface There was always one thing I wanted in life.
A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises (The Giving Project Series) by HERSHBERGER MIC