From Open Heart – Open Home by Karen Burton Mains
Hospitality, like charity, must begin at home. How sad it is that so many of us don’t feel comfortable in our own homes. Men are not warmly welcomed at the end of a long day’s hard work. Roommates live in a tense atmosphere. Children are greeted with scoldings and reprimands. Wives and husbands wait to dump frustrations on each other. How we all long to hear, ‘It’s so good to have you home,’ or those other words, ‘It’s so good to come home to you.’ If those dwellings we inhabit are not filled with the gentle considerations, the cherishing, the openness which earmark hospitality , it will be most difficult to extend the gift beyond our front doors.