When I’m busy creating food for others, or cleaning to create order for myself; I can often forget that Jesus calls me, as their mother, to open my wings and gather them in. To embrace the mess, the bickering, the chaos and the unpredictability. And honestly, this is hard for me: the clutter, the need for constantly preparing food, for teaching manners, for loving through forgiveness & reconciliation.
Often times, I think of extending hospitality “out there” is easier, than “right here.” But, it convinces me more that hospitality is indeed messy. Jesus didn’t come to tend to those who were whole, but those who were broken. Mark writes, “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So, he began teaching them many things.”
He had compassion on them.
I need this reminder daily, that Jesus has compassion on those who are like sheep without a shepherd. The least & the lost. The small and the weak.
Will you dive into this messy hospitality within your homes that spills out from all corners and catches wind to the ends of the Earth? Will you join me in this unknown territory, this rich land of loving the lost & the least--our children? Let us see with Jesus eyes & love with God sized hearts, as the beauty of hospitality within our homes is redeemed; and, we become a blessing to the nations through it.