Hospitality 101

20 04 2008

Place Setting

National Airport courtesy of the Library of Congress

Yesterday, we spent a few hours driving to the other side of the city to pick up a gently used couch. While we were out and about we were listening to a lecture by Alexander Strauch on the Biblical injunction to seek out opportunities for hospitality.

When the lecture was over, I was trying to interact with the kids on what we had listened to by asking them what kind of questions they could think of to ask visitors to our table (so as to encourage better conversation).

Elliot and Aelsa came up with a few like: “How many siblings did you have growing up?” and “What was it like for you when you were a kid?” I asked Robin what he would ask someone joining us for dinner, since he had yet to answer. After a very short pause, he replied: “Would you like a glass of water?”

From Matthew 10:

He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.

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