❝Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.❞ Hebrews 13:1-2
Reflection by David Fant
What is hospitality? Hospitality refers to the practice of a host caring for his or her guests by providing for their needs. We first think of meeting their basic needs such as food, water, shelter, or clothing. Needs can also be for companionship, a sense of community, or a common purpose.
As we continue to grow, we at St. Anne’s will have new and fresh opportunities to express friendship towards people we do not know. One meaningful way this happens for me is through the men’s group, which comes together in friendship and works together on quiet “unadvertised” projects as needs present themselves. Each year the group picks a family to help at Christmas. We look within our church for people with special needs, and if none is brought forward then we look into our wider community. The help may be offered in paying a power bill, buying groceries for a holiday dinner, or taking parents to Wal-Mart to choose presents for their children. Many needs throughout the years have been met in order to offer people a helping hand to get back on their feet.
How well we treat these strangers will show them why we, too, were led to St. Anne’s. At some point, we were all “strangers” to God. God showed us hospitality, providing for our needs and accepting us as members of his household. At some point, we too were all “strangers” here at St. Anne’s. We felt the warmth and hospitality of the members that made the space for us to stay and grow. Just as our angels did 10, 15, and 20 years ago, we are inviting strangers into our household at St. Anne’s. These strangers will help make up the “next” set of angels that will carry the fellowship and caring out into the community for the next 10, 15, and 20 years.