Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
- – Hebrews 13:1-3
I’m inclined to think hospitality is becoming a bit of a lost art, especially in the big city. I certainly haven’t taken any strangers in for a meal lately. What are some safe and non-awkward ways to show hospitality to strangers? For one thing, they might be just as concerned about your intentions as you are theirs! Bringing cookies to a new neighbor? Inviting someone you’ve recently met at church, work, school or another place to grab a coffee with you, or come over for tea? It’s a good idea to exercise sound judgment, especially if you are a woman, alone, have children, or are otherwise more vulnerable. Just being friendly to other people you meet at the park or library or grocery store or wherever is a good place to start, I think. There are also ministries to prisoners, refugees, students, and those who’ve ‘just moved’.