The frail widow always smiles brightly as you walk by her yard, but every night she lays awake for hours thinking about the coming days without family or friends.

You are inwardly irritated at the loud woman who tells obnoxious jokes in Sunday school and interrupts the speaker at inappropriate times, not knowing that she secretly dreads opening the door to her apartment and facing another Sunday afternoon alone.

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2 (ESV)

Have you ever been lonely? I have. It’s awful. Have you visited a church and stood awkwardly in the foyer hoping against hope that someone would introduce themselves to you? Been there, done that as well.

When we reach out to others and take the time to ask them into our home, we build up the church of Christ, we share Christ with those who don’t know Him, and we shine the light of a Christian home into a darkened world. You don’t have to have a perfect Christian home to practice hospitality either…in all our weakness and imperfection, Christ is still there.

My husband and I made a commitment many years ago to invite people into our home regularly. It still does not come easily or naturally to me, but I do it because…(read the rest at Far Above Rubies).

For additional practical help
on getting the stuff in your home under control so you can let people into your house please read my three part series Decluttering Starts in Your Brain.