A couple of weeks ago, we hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our house. It was initially supposed to just be our little family and some cousins, but it ended up being a big party with 12 people- a mix of family, church people, and friends. My initial thoughts were, “Will we have enough food?! Will everyone get along?! Will it be awkward and weird?!” The usual freak out. But in the end, all went well, and there was PLENTY of food, fun conversation, and happy hearts all around.
I’ve been thinking a lot about hospitality and community this holiday season and how both of those things require intention and openness. They require getting out of your comfort zone and possibly being a bit awkward. There’s risk for rejection and messiness in opening your heart and home, but I’m convinced over and over again that this is what Jesus did, this is who He was.
He invites. He calls. His arms are open wide. And in His company there is joy, peace, and comfort.
Creating community can be messy and loud and so, so GOOD. It’s worth the risk and the discomfort of stepping out of your comfort zones, and next week is an opportunity to do this all over again. To invite someone who might not celebrate Christmas with their family or who might be far away from home. To welcome people into your imperfect home and care for them. To let go of messes and stresses and soak in the goodness of those gathered around you. I hope you’ll give it a go and experience the joy of being Jesus to someone else.
Who can you be community for this holiday season?