Kerry’s next mission is to shelter the homeless. She was never homeless, but she does recall a period when she kept her belongings in her car and crashed on whoever’s couch she could find due to a temporary job she’d taken. The realization that hospitality is a simple ministry inspires her to have an open-door policy with her own New York apartment. She’s had people stay with her before who needed a couch and is happy to return the favor that was once shown her.
I can’t say as I’ve ever crashed on someone’s couch for days on end or kept everything I owned in my car. I can, however, say that I’ve experienced being a sort of nomad. While walking the Camino de Santiago across Spain, I stayed in a different hostal each night. They were all comfortable in their own way, but none was what I would call ‘home.’ However, each one did open its doors to pilgrims each night and treated all guests with respect.
For your reflection:
When have others shown you hospitality?
How can you minister to others through hospitality?