By Pete Heiniger | February 13, 2018
Hospitality…it’s a word that has those of us in the Western world thinking of hotels or restaurants. Or we think of it when we think of having our buddies over to watch a football game and we say “Just open the fridge or cupboard – what’s mine is yours.”
But, in ancient times that is not what that word meant. Hospitality was shown as moving a potential enemy to a place of being part of the family. In fact, it was something practiced with total strangers.
Imagine in ancient times…you’re on a long journey and you come upon a large ranch or farm. The owner and his workers come out to meet you. Now you could be an enemy…he doesn’t know. But, instead of demanding who you were and why you were there…he welcomes you into his home, feeds you and gives you water….then, he might offer you a bed to sleep…and then if that wasn’t enough…he sets you up for the next leg of your journey. He might give you horses, food, water, etc.
You can imagine what an impact of trust that would have on you. Through his act of hospitality he took you from potential enemy to family – he shares a bed and animals with you.
So, now let’s bring that into today. Because I want you to know that this is truly something we are called into – all of us. DCC exists as a place where God calls us to bump into strangers…those who might hate religion, church, and God…they might be dead set against any of us with faith…..yet, God calls us to welcome them in our midst, treat them as special, and extend them love as we would with our own very family.
This isn’t just for church staff and volunteers. This is for all of us….we are called to make everyone feel safe in this place…loved in this place.