There are some meals with some people that are best shared in a public place. We'll talk more about that tomorrow. But today I want to focus on the importance of inviting people into your home. To share meals around your table.“You can see how her door is an open welcome to the wounded, her couch an open welcome for the drunk, her garage an open welcome to the homeless, her bed an open welcome to the sick, her table an open welcome to anyone – her smile an open welcome to every one of her children, every stranger, every guest.” -Ann Voskamp
Most people want a home cooked meal. Oftentimes they'll feel more at ease in your kitchen, around your dining table. Perhaps you've never hosted people in your own home before (especially people you don't know well). If that's the case this may seem a bit intimidating. But welcoming people into your home breaks down walls and instantly adds a level of authenticity. Inviting someone into your home for a meal is inviting them in to your life to share all the imperfections and beauty of your space.
Later we'll discuss how to practice Biblical hospitality whether or not you have a lot of time to prepare, whether your house is perfectly spacious or a small rental and how to prepare simple meals no matter your skill level. But for now take a deep breath. You already have a date, a guest list, and a place.