Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it…Marriage should be honoured by all and the marriage bed kept pure.
They are not often words that are spoken of at the same time but they are only a few lines away in the letter to the Hebrews and readers would not have forgotten the first part by the time they heard the second part. And this morning I could not seperate them and together they hold together two things that often to seem to be in tension in the world.
We are to show hospitality to all, even those we do not know. There is no better way then to spend time with others over a meal to begin to know their stories, to know the layers that make them who they are. There is beauty in the meal and the stories shared and we need not be afraid of those stories and with whom we share our lives with.
Marriage is a gift, given by God, not a right. We are not the givers of marriage. God is and He asks all, married or single to honour it and keep it pure.
Hospitality is a gift we can extend to all, marriage is a gift God gives. And in extending hospitality to all we are embracing God’s pronouncment that it is not good for us to be alone.