My favorite part of a meal is dessert. There’s rarely a nutritional benefit; it’s sole purpose is delight!
I also welcome other things and experiences into my life for the sheer happiness they bring: flowers growing outside the door, a dog’s wagging tail, the organic fragrance of trees and ferns growing in a park, and the sound of rain falling on the roof.
“It was the policy of the good old gentleman to make his children feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.” – Washington Irving, The Sketch Book
My mom has the spiritual gift of hospitality: the God-given ability to provide food, shelter and fellowship graciously so that people are put at ease and feel cared for, welcomed and comfortable even if the setting or situation is unfamiliar. As noted by Irving, she bestowed the choicest gift to her family. Continue reading