Invite them over.

Photo from Darling Magazine

Photo from Darling Magazine

It’s public knowledge at this point that we are moving to Atlanta. After a decade of service to the Point Loma/Ocean Beach community, we are moving to Georgia where Sophie will be getting her masters degree at Emory University.

It began immediately after we announced our impending move. “We’ve been meaning to have you over for years…” Invites over to dinners with different church families poured in.* We were asked, “Can we get into your schedule before you get too busy?” Within two weeks we had a list of invitations and were essentially booked up for our last three months in San Diego. There have been so many kind offers that we have had to start turning people down.**

What’s the point? Don’t wait.

What have you been meaning to do?  Is there someone you’ve been meaning to have over for dinner? There is no better time than now.

Oh, but you’re busy? You will always be busy.

Don’t wait for a goodbye to spark quality interaction of hospitality. Don’t wait for a clean home or a perfect meal. Invite someone over now.

*This is something that we deeply cherish.

** Hence the all church potluck banquet Sunday evening July 27th.

And because Shauna Niequist explores this topic so eloquently in the amazing book Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, Sophie couldn’t let this post without adding a quote.

We throw open the front door and invite people into our home, despite its size, despite its imperfections. We practice hospitality, creating soft and safe places for people to connect and rest.
— Shauna Niequist

Scripture: I Peter 4:8-10 (NIV)

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.