The trees are losing their leaves of fire, and Target is fa-la-la-ing its way to Christmas already. The holidays are around the corner, and feelings of warmth and love fill my heart. I can picture families in their homes, gathered around the table to celebrate, eat, and enjoy one another’s presence (and presents). It’s the most wonderful time of the year for many.
When I was younger, I wasn’t able to imagine anything outside of that picture, but as I’ve witnessed and experienced the resounding ache the holidays can bring, I’ve learned to look for those who need a home to rest in, a family to belong to, a table to celebrate at. I’ve learned to understand that generosity and hospitality can look different and might require more of ourselves than we’d like to give.
Jesus left everything in heaven to be with us, live among us, and give us life. What better time to reflect His generous hospitality than now as we give thanks and celebrate His birth! Here are some ways you can do that during this holiday season: