Not all houseguests are created equal. The guests whom I strive to emulate when the tables turn and I’m the one camping out on a friend’s pullout couch share these characteristics.
Poetry has the potential to convey deep ideas and valuable lessons with just a few words beautifully strung together. Sharing poems with our children is a practice that can help them—and us—grow in faith and understanding of God.
Given the reality that many demands for time are placed on teenagers, and the fact that Sundays are viewed by the vast majority of people as a day like any other day, helping our teens to keep the third commandment might seem like a pie in the sky idea. While overhauling our culture may not be possible, the good news is that, with some creativity, honoring the sabbath still is.
Good hospitality, rather than being an end in itself, is a vehicle for connection and a tool we can use to show family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers love and respect. There certainly isn’t a formula for it, but there are concrete actions we can take that make those abstract ideas of openness, warmth and attention a reality.