Sometimes a foreign language can illuminate an issue with a clarity that our native language seems tongue-tied about. Reading Bruce Rowlison’s 1981 book on Creative Hospitality I read this:
In the German, the word for hospitality is Gastfreundschaft which means ‘the freedom of the guest.'”
Henri Nouwen picks up the same idea in some of his writing, connecting hospitality with the freedom to express, to be, and to feel.
Think of how you can create spaces and times where your neighbors have “the freedom of the guest”. How can you invite people into your home and provide an atmosphere of freedom? Think of ways to provide space and time where they can relax, feel no pressure, and know that they are among friends who love rather than judge.