I’ve used the phrase “see people” in many of my posts. What do I mean by that? We can see people two ways: physically with our eyes, or by “seeing” them as we think about them and imagine their lives. Either way, we don’t ignore or rush past them. We see them with individualized love!
With the holidays coming, will you be having any groups of people over? Maybe family? Or people from church or work?
We enjoy opening our home for groups of people to come together and connect. But it does take a little more thought and work to have a group of people over!
As I plan food and prepare our home to welcome them, I imagine our guests. My goal is to create an environment where people can come together in meaningful ways that build relationships. (My CliftonStrengths themes of Connectedness, Positivity, and Discipline are coming through here!)
Here’s a few things I think about to help me prepare for group hospitality:
As we move into winter and the days become shorter, I like to light candles. I light one on the kitchen counter on school mornings to cheer our day. I light one at dinner as we gather together as a family to reflect on our day. And, of course, I light one whenever I simply feel like it!
There are many things that vie for our attention during the Christmas season! Each year, we like to create space for our family to remember who we are really celebrating. This year, we’re going to use these devotions I wrote a few years ago. I pray they encourage your hearts to draw near to Jesus this season!