Think of a time when you have felt truly welcomed. Maybe it was coming home after a long time away. Maybe someone took you in when you were far from home. Relive those feelings for a moment. Feel that warmth again; see those smiles and feel those arms embracing you. What a gift it is to be welcomed.
Hospitality, true hospitality, is emotionally powerful. It touches something very deep in us--our profound human longing to be accepted, to belong, to be loved, to feel safe, to be valued and respected.
Hospitality is not something to be proclaimed; it must be lived. Hospitality is both a spiritual discipline and an expression of spiritual health. If I feel angry, hurt, unloved, or alienated I cannot offer a warm welcome. Conversely, if I am at peace, filled with joy at being alive, aware of those areound me with compassion in my heart, then hospitality flows naturally and inevitable from the depths of my being.