Hospitality Without Borders

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Hospitality Is Heart Space: Take It on the Road

I always thought of hospitality as gathering around our cozy table for a meal and bright friendship or opening our home wide and breezy for all of the coming and going through the sweet bang of a screen door. But I’ve been thinking for awhile now about what hospitality looks like beyond the walls of my home. What happens when we take it on the road? If hospitality is about...

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Learning To Live With Limitations

It was a tall wooden house, two levels high, painted yellow with white trim around the windows. It stood on the corner of two streets with a huge backyard that stretched out behind it, an apple tree with branches that stretched up and flopped over on the sides from the weight of the fruit. We called it The Yellow House, and it was our home in Stockholm, Sweden for two...

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What Hospitality Looks Like in a Castle

As a writer, I abhor a cliché, and I am no fan of idioms and proverbs. I prefer my words fresh and perhaps a little startling. I like words that wake us up and rattle our usual ways of thinking and seeing. We say if these walls could talk, but what if the creaky floorboards have more important things to declare? We say a man’s home is his castle, but...

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Loving Others [What Hospitality Looks Like In A Lebanese Home For Street Kids]

We arrived in Lebanon last October with little relevant job experience and wonky Arabic accents. After five years of teaching English on the Arabian Peninsula, Brady and I had traded in his steady paycheck for an unpaid post working with abused and abandoned street kids outside of Beirut, Lebanon. Those first days were crowded with new experiences. We tackled a scabies outbreak (tricky in a country whose inconsistent electricity makes...

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When Your Heart Sits Between You and Your Neighbors

We gather around our table late tonight, after church has long been over, and the kids inhale their dinner.  The neighborhood kids know we're eating and they’re waiting to play in the side yard. Before I can sit down with my family, half of the kids are pleading to be excused. “They’re waiting!  Come on, Moms.  Let us go.  It’s gonna be dark,” they all say. I wave them away...

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Breaking The Border Of Self

I shook my head and sighed as I folded yet another frayed towel. We’ve had these light mocha (now practically cream) towels for what seems like forever, and to replace them is low on the needs list. But the other day I used a Target gift card to buy just one big, fluffy, white bath towel. The kind you set aside just for guests. But this one? This one I’m...

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Hospitality Without Borders…Includes Yourself

Nine months ago, my husband and I sold our beloved little Craftsman in our favorite Seattle neighborhood and moved to the suburbs. We needed to move—six people, four of them growing rapidly, in a two-bedroom house was becoming untenable. No, it was already untenable. I was at the end of my rope, and my sanity. So we moved. And I am still grieving. I miss my little house so much....

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The Ministry of Countenance and True Hospitality

Wisdom lights up a person’s face, softening its harshness. ~ Ecclesiastes 8:1b There is great possibility in face-to-face encounter. ~ Jean Fleming, Pursue the Intentional Life Have you ever thought about how much your appearance and expressions are communicating something to those around you?  What is it that you have been saying when you haven't been speaking? It was Jean Fleming in her transformative work, Pursue the Intentional Life, who first scattered seed for an idea that rooted quick and deep...

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Re-defining Home

Nine years ago my husband and I owned a new home in a suburban community. We had two cars that dependably carted us up and down the highway during our daily fifty-five minute commute. Our two children, a boy and a girl, were healthy and happy. We hosted Sunday dinners with grandparents, organized birthday brunches, and called for impromptu s’mores in the backyard with neighbors. Our doors were always open...

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Practice Hospitality [A Gift For You]

We don't practice hospitality to point other people to ourselves, our church, or even our beliefs. We practice hospitality to point people toward the ultimate welcome that God gives every person through Christ. ~Holly Sprink The day GraceTable launched, we said that we'd saved you a seat. The funny thing is, what it feels like most of the time, is that it's YOU who have saved us a seat. We're...

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