My cousins gathered for our family reunion a few weeks ago. I have 47 cousins on that side of the family. The hot, breezy weather kept me from attending. (I attended a cool, rainy, send-off picnic in May and battled allergies for a few days afterward.)
Another cousin, Danny, lives three blocks from us. They were hosting three of the out-of-town cousins. His wife Laura brought Jerry over to meet me. He lives in California and hadn’t been back to Iowa for years.
After a few hours of visiting, they rose to leave. They planned to go to my cousin’s farm.
“Can we stop somewhere for food?” Jerry asked. “I haven’t had lunch.”
Embarrassed, I realized I hadn’t even offered him water, sweet tea, or lemonade! I am not the “hostess with the mostest!”
David went to the reunion with our daughter, Laura, and met our son’s family there. Derek and Rachel were amazingly able to put twenty-one-month-old Gideon down for a short nap. David made a video of Gideon playing on some “rocker animals” to show me.
He casually said, “David and Becky are in town until Wednesday. Cousin Laura is going to bring them over one night.”
After failing my hostess duties on Friday, I went into high gear! Monday, I cleaned the house and made more sweet tea, lemonade, and “no-bake” cookies. I was prepared! (I hid the cookies.)
They came over Tuesday evening and I “talked their leg off” about our trip to Israel. (That means I did most of the talking.)
I apologized and explained, “I don’t get out, literally!”
My favorite memory was David’s face when I brought out the cookies!
“Where did you hide those?”
I didn’t tell.
I felt better about being a hostess until I read Hebrews 13.
Hebrews 13:2, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some had entertained angels without knowing it!”New American Standard Bible
I think I’m doing okay but Jesus wants me to go above and beyond what is required. Obviously, it is too dangerous to invite the stranger walking by to come in for cookies. But I could carry some extra water to give away.
The temperature is in the 90’s and humid this week. A bottle of water could be a life saver.
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