The HOSPITALITY of HOPE – Write 31:Day 28

hospitalityclick on this picture to download the free pdf

Hospitality is about sharing your life with someone else. It involves investing time, effort, and yes – sometimes money to help make someone else’s life a bit more beautiful. {James 2:14}

Whenever I imagine  hospitality, I picture food, and tables, and people. Smiling. Giving. Sharing. But never have I thought about what the one who is giving, receives. That in that giving, what is accepted in return is a sense of wholeness, contentment, and hope that gives pause to days that would otherwise consist of self.

I’ve spent time with a friend over the last year and a half, learning what it is to hope. Seeing evidence of true gratitude and love. How it works, the living in tandem with pain and ultimate sacrifice. Her journey with cancer has shown me what hospitality is all about and how that exists between the true guest and host.

You see, I feel like a guest in her life’s journey; an outsider that is receiving but a glimpse of something that I might not ever experience otherwise.

I hear the stories of both family past and present, the love they have shared and do share, and the sacrifices that each is willing to make through the everyday experiences. Not only in the face of this pain and this trial that has become their reality, but also the setting aside of self in order to make the dreams and realities of the other just a little bit easier.

And I feel gratitude for the hospitality of this HOPE that she has imparted to me. This learning that I have been witness to, for it is with a generosity that she shares what truly belongs to only her: pain, love, truth, dreams, and hope…always hope.

I am thankful to have been a guest within the authenticity of her life and to have been witness to all the things that we, “the healthy” often miss in our busyness.  Sometimes we need to be derailed in order to hear and see and feel what we have been missing all along – the HOPE that HOSPITALITY can offer.

2hospitalityDid you like this post? Please consider sharing it with a friend.  Post it on your facebook page, twitter feed, pinterest, or post your colored picture on instagram…where ever you think someone can use a little HOPE.

As a little added bonus: All comments on the write 31 days posts will be entered to win all of the colored cards for this series. These are colored by hand (by me :)and ready to give. Winner will be announced in November. Good luck 🙂

Don’t forget to click on the picture at the top of the page to download the pdf version of the HOSPITALITY picture.  Color it and share, or enjoy for yourself.

God bless your day!

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