"And he said, 'Come in, O blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house and a place for the camels."Every time she comes bearing little gifts for my children, she stands outside the front door to talk to me. Not because she doesn't want to come in, but because I don't invite her. We stand at the door in rain, shine, snow. . . chatting. I stand there knowing it's wrong - worrying that my house is a mess.
I'm called to more than front door conversations. I'm called to welcome in. And so, over this season of Lent, I plan to fast the things that keep me from my homemaking responsibilities, to pray for wisdom in running my household, and to take on acts of service - being a good steward of the things and people that God has blessed me with.
This week I hope to work on the places that welcome people in: the front yard, the foyer, and the sitting area of the living room. My plan is to remove from those areas anything that does not specifically work to welcome people; to clean in order to make people feel welcomed; to organize the coat closet and living room sitting area; and to add at least one special decorative, welcoming touch to each of those three areas - perhaps a wreath on the front door, a bench in the foyer, and some pillows in the living room.
I pray that my home will be a place that welcomes people in.