Whom Did You Invite to Your Thanksgiving Table This Year?

~ Thoughts on hospitality to the less fortunate at Thanksgiving ~

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:2 NIV

A Celebration of Gratitude

Another Thanksgiving is upon us, a time for families and friends to gather and celebrate their blessings and give gratitude to God. But as you think about what you are Thankful for, don’t forget to think of others. Whom did you invite to your Thanksgiving table this year?

Did you invite your immediate family or did you celebrate with your extended family?

Remembering the Less Fortunate

Did you invite your lonely neighbor? Did you invite the widow who goes to church with you? Did you invite the man or woman a few blocks over who is going through a messy divorce? Did you invite the disabled veteran who lives around the corner? The student with no place to go for the holidays?

Did you invite anyone who would put you out at all, or did you just invite the convenient? Or are you one of those who doesn’t feel like celebrating holidays so you are relieved of all responsibility of holiday hospitality?

How many people do you know who will eat instant Thanksgiving dinner from their microwave alone because none of their friends or acquaintances could be bothered to invite them to their table?

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 4:9. NIV

Who Could You Minister to at Thanksgiving?

You personally know people who have no Thanksgiving plans. You are aware of lonely people who have no holiday options. If you take just a minute, you can compile a list of people you know who probably do not have anyone to spend Thanksgiving with. Perhaps loneliness is another reason why the U.S. death rate spikes annually at Thanksgiving.

You may not enjoy holidays, but maybe you would if you reached out beyond what is comfortable for you and invited the hurt, the lonely, the grieving and/or the destitute to share Thanksgiving lunch or dinner with you.

As you read this from the comfort of your home, full of turkey and dressing or baked ham, there may still be time to invite someone to eat Thanksgiving dinner or leftovers with you.

Whatever you did for Thanksgiving, at the end of the day it’s time to start asking yourself: whom will you be inviting to your table for Christmas this year?

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