When you give a banquet,
invite those who cannot repay you...
Make of your life a welcome home.
Make your heart a buffet of goodness.
Make yourself a front porch, wide,
two chairs, only one step up.
Think of yourself as a free sample,
a rocking chair, a bench by a lake.
People need a place to belong, to matter,
to receive without question.
Round up all your furniture of love and respect,
all your heirlooms of special treatment,
and put them out on the curb.
Go ahead and make a sign that says FREE.
It's not about airing your laundry, “being yourself.”
It's about letting them do that.
After all, you live in God's house,
who has given you the run of the place.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for by doing that some have entertained angels
without knowing it.
August 27, 2019