“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” –Hebrews 13:2
I truly value hospitality. One of my favorite things to do is welcome people into my home and make them feel comfortable. Well, at least in theory. In reality, my house is too small for any guests to feel comfortable for any sustained period of time.
During the school year, hospitality means spending a week planning and preparing for a dozen dinner guests for one evening each week, or sometimes only one evening each month if we are extra busy.
In the summer, though, hospitality takes on a new meaning in our house. In the summer, hospitality means pulling out extra sheets and towels at the last minute to prepare for a college baseball player to sleep on our couch for the night, or perhaps for an entire week. Last summer, we once had three players spending the night at our house at one time: one slept in the guest bedroom (which we no longer have), one on the couch, and one in the La-Z-Boy. Of those three players, one lived with us for the summer, and the other two stayed with us periodically as needed. You see, summer baseball comes down to having enough players who are willing to pay the fee and show up to the games. Sometimes the difference is whether or not the player has a place to stay for a night to save on gas money.
So, in the summer, hospitality means being ready for anything at any time.