Genesis 18: Parents

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A Heart Open to Hospitality

Genesis 18:1-2 (New Living Translation)
"The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground."

In middle school, I had a neighbor friend whose mom had the gift of hospitality. When I would come home from school, I was always invited to swing by his house, have an after-school snack, and play video games for a bit. I’ll never ever forget how amazing her house smelled. So fresh and fruity. Her chairs were comfortable, as was her smile. She made me feel so welcome, not because she sought appreciation or reciprocation, but out of sheer kindness. Abraham's encounter in Genesis 18 reflects a similar spirit.

Abraham, sitting at his tent's entrance, sees three strangers nearby. Without hesitation, he rushes to them, bows, and invites them into his home. He offers them water, food, and a place to rest. His hospitality is spontaneous, selfless, and given with profound respect. 

This isn't just a lesson in generosity; it's a lesson in seeing God's image in every person. As parents, we can nurture this spirit in our children by modeling acts of hospitality. This could mean inviting a new neighbor for dinner, giving care packages to those in need, or simply being friendly and welcoming to all.

These acts of love are mirrors reflecting God's own hospitality. Remember, every open door, every shared meal, and every act of kindness is a reminder of God's unending grace and generosity.

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