Hospitality is a tricky word in American culture. Often when we hear the word, the first thing that we think of is inviting people over to eat. A beautifully set table with a large spread. But that isn't actually hospitality at its truest core.
Hospitality means to befriend.
To walk with.
To be there for.
Which takes a lot more time than inviting someone over to dinner once in a while.
This week I was thinking about how lonely we can be in the current configuration of our world and I found myself wondering if that is linked to our disconnect from the art of hospitality. True hospitality. Befriend.
What does befriending look like in your life and how do you offer such deep hospitality to others?
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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