Hospitality is more than being warm and friendly to others when you choose. It is a transforming way of life that opens the heart of the disciple to not only see Christ in the other but propels her to make room, make ready, and be available for those in need.
Ultimately, this daily practice of Jesus that transformed and opened the hearts of his disciples will change our hearts and actions, making us available to meet the needs of the other. The process of changing the heart occurs with each encounter and every act of hospitality.
Lord, open my heart and mind so that I may be more like you.
This message was adapted from the Hospitality: More Than Warm and Friendly resource written by Valora K Starr and available from the Women of the ELCA website in both English and Spanish.