PREPARING MEALS FROM SCRATCH!
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 18:7-8 7. And Abraham ran to the herd, and brought a calf tender and good, and gave it to the young man (to butcher); then (Abraham) hastened to prepare it. 8. And he took curds, and milk, and the calf which he had made ready, and set it before (the men); and he stood by them under the tree while they ate. (AMP)
REFLECTION: I thoroughly plan Thanksgiving dinner. I know (approximately) when people will arrive, when they will leave. But the meal is always big enough to feed extra people. It is cornucopic table, a table of plenty.
At other times I plan for unexpected guests by having easy, pre-planned menus on hand. Meals not taking hours to prepare. Or we dine out.
This scripture amazes me when I read it. Abraham had unannounced guests. Realizing they were special he began to prepare a party. No fast food, no leftovers. Only the best.
Abraham started from scratch. He even had to find the calf and have it butchered! Roasting a whole calf is no quick job! But there was no hurry. He had lots of time to visit with his guests while the meal was being prepared (probably by Sarah and servants—Abraham only oversaw his delegated tasks).
I cannot imagine the stress I’d feel if I had to begin by butchering the turkey, preparing all the fixings, and serving special unexpected guests that kind of eloquent dinner! They’re coming to take me away, ha ha! To the funny farm!
Times have changed. Hospitality has not. Hospitality is one of the gifts of the spirit. No matter how expected or unexpected guests are entertained they should be made to feel special and cared for. The key to hospitality lies in the relationship between the host and the guest(s). If done with love, hospitality will edify both host and guest.
Therein lies the secret to good entertaining. To have the guest feel privileged and the host feel benefited.
Guess who’s coming to dinner?
PRAYER: Lord, let me make my guests, invited or unexpected, feel welcomed into my home. Let me both give and receive from them. Amen