Updated: Oct 4, 2022
In a sobering way, I found radically inclusive love and service recently. Two individuals who are experiencing homelessness came to me and offered to take me to dinner. In delight, they exclaimed "Our treat!" This was only a day after we'd opened a shelter that served 100 unsheltered persons as the last remnants of Hurricane Ian approached.
I was blown away by their offer. I had just spent the day serving people who were struggling and here they were offering to serve me. It was a beautiful act of love and kindness. But it also served as a reminder that we all need to be cared for, no matter our circumstances. We all need to know that we are loved and that we belong.
Authentic love and hospitality isn't about what we can do for others. It's about meeting people where they are and loving them for who they are. It's about creating a space where everyone feels welcome, safe, and loved. That's what radical inclusion is all about. And it's something we all need a little more of in our lives. Thanks for the reminder, friends. I'll never forget it. Hospitality always begets more hospitality. Love always begets more love. Let's keep paying it forward.
What are your thoughts? Have you experienced authentic love and hospitality? What did it look like? I'd love to hear from you in the comments. Until next time, friends. Peace - VEH