Friday, August 1, 2008
A Week of Simple Pleasures :: Day 7
Tonight was my most favorite simple pleasure for the week...which is pretty cool since it's my final day of sharing my pleasures with you. Hasn't this week been fun?
I had three other women come to my home tonight to craft together. We all sat around my kitchen table just talking, laughing, sharing, and marveling at each other's creativity and ideas. Each one brought their own uniqueness and it was just a delightful mix of women. One brought her watercolors and painted a beautiful card of pansies and clay pots. Another brought her crocheting and moved her hands rhythmically as she laughed and shared. My sister brought a quilt she has made for a graduation gift and was hand quilting. I took the time to cut my fabric for one of my Christmas gift projects.
Hospitality is a simple pleasure that is getting lost with the busy-ness of people's lives. It's not very often that we get invited over for a meal or a night of games or for a celebration. People tend to close off their homes to others and just want to meet out at a restaurant or other public place. But to me it's just not the same as gathering around a kitchen table or curling up on the couches together to talk. It's so easy to invite others in...even just for a cup of coffee. We shouldn't allow paranoia of cleanliness or decorating or food to keep us from extending the gift of welcoming others in... just as they are and just as we are. Just keep it real.
Lord, thank you for the pleasure of friendships and the amazing blessing of being creative together tonight. May we be willing to use our homes as places of ministry and of service unto you and others....to be women full of love and authenticity, care and comfort, joy and peace who welcome others into our homes and lives.
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