I've learned a lot about hospitality from my friend Becky Smyth. Dean and Becky were part of a small group formed by our pastor's wife years ago. Basically, she gathered four young couples without kids and put us together. It was a divine connection! We were best friends, and shared trips to the Grand Canyon & Zion, having our first children, and many gatherings around the board game "Encore." They were great times.
|This is our small group, minus two, taken in 1992. |
That is me on the far left with some big ol leftover-80's hair, Tod, Joni & Jim Morgan, Jim Hicks
and Becky seated on the right. Either Dean or Linda must be taking the photo.
Becky planned little trips for us too. Once when our firstborns were three (I had Dylan in a stroller by then), we got on a city bus, rode downtown and visited a doll and toy museum. Another time she read about a horse ranch that had a number of babies born at the same time. We loaded up the cars and headed there for a visit and picnic.
Our lives took different paths as my friend moved halfway across country. My husband and I still miss them after 13 years. But Becky's model of open-handed, simple, but intentional, hospitality stays with me even now. Through it I felt welcome, accepted and loved. It was a precious gift. I'm still trying to be like her as I grow up.
What about you? Do you have a memory of someone who showed simple, but meaningful, hospitality? Or a tip of something you've done? I'd love to give away a fancy bar of rose soap. You can give it as a hostess gift, or use it yourself. Post a comment and I'll announce a winner on Thursday morning. Please make sure I have a way to contact you, or check back Thursday.
Grace & Peace,