I ask myself how I can post photos of pretty table settings when there is so much tragedy, sadness and conflict in the world today.
Am I being trivial and insensitive to blog about people gathering around the table during such a dark time?
The USA is struggling with deep racial tension and the tragic deaths that have resulted from it. South Africans are approaching local elections and are disturbed by the lack of honest and ethical leadership in the country. Other nations reel with terrorist attacks and more.
And I encourage people to practice hospitality.
I have a passion to help us all live generous, hospitable, welcoming lives
I believe that truly getting to know people builds bridges of understanding and trust
I know that gathering around the table is one of the best ways to connect deeply with others
I understand that we are all naturally self-focussed and it is hard to move out of our safe places
I have experienced that motivation can come through the carrot or stick; through desire or guilt
I hope to use beauty and creativity to cast a vision and inspire us to invite others into our lives
I want to equip us with the skills to host others, so we can open our hearts and homes
I believe that we each need to use what we have in our hands to make a difference in the world.
When we are overwhelmed by big problems, we can begin by seeing what ONE thing we can do.
Each one of us can reach out and invite a "stranger" or "foreigner" or someone who is different to our "table". That may mean asking a work colleague we don't know well to have coffee with us in the cafeteria, a neighbor to join us for a simple supper or inviting a foreigner in our community to share a meal with our family.
We have to reach out and take the risk of connecting with those outside our friend circle. Major issues like racial inequality and hatred are not solved by policies. There needs to be a change in all our hearts. We need to learn to love. And the table is one of the best places to start.
Set a table today. Invite someone to join you. Start the conversation. Listen well. Share your heart. Repeat.
Thank you for reading my thoughts and hearing my heart. Lyn
Please share your comments below. I would love to know what you have experienced around the table as you have opened your life to others.