1 Peter 4:9

9  Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.  (NKJV)

When you take care of someone elderly or sick or disabled you may find that their friends and family do not come around to visit very often.  One possibility is that to see the infirm is to look into their own future.  That scares some people.

Hopefully there will be people who stick by an old friend or relative no matter what.  These relationships need to continue to be nurtured.  A good friend to my mother-in-law was in our area and called to see if it would be alright to drop in on us.  It was late evening, but we did not care.  We all visited together for a couple of hours and it was a breath of fresh air.  When I walked her to the door she thanked me for letting her drop in.  She said that many people would not want anyone stopping by like she did.

The Bible says to be hospitable without grumbling.  I could have been a grumbler.  My house was not ready  for company.  She came into it as is, because the relationship trumps the housekeeping.  Jesus explained this to Martha when she grumbled.  He said Mary had made the better choice by visiting with Him, her guest.

As long as your loved one wants and is able to receive company, do not turn anyone away.  Life is all about relationships.

Prayer time

Lord Jesus, people come first before possessions.  May I have an open door to those who want to visit.  May I not be concerned by everyday things.  Make me a willing and generous host.  In Your name I pray, amen.

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