The day has come for Dave, Shepherd and me to move out of the Ganger’s home. It is a sad day. We have loved living here with Tim, Sarah and Eliza. We have loved that every night is like a weekend hangout with friends. We have loved that our babies get to have daily playmates in each other. We have loved that we get to love on each others’ babies everyday and watch them grow. We have loved that we have built-in babysitters in each other. We have loved just being with dear friends all the time – who wouldn’t love that?
But, most of all, I think I can say that Dave and I have loved being the recipients of amazing hospitality. And I do mean amazing.
Tim and Sarah have 1600 sq. ft. 3-bedroom, 2-bath house, a 1 year-old, and 2 dogs. Dave and I have lived in one of those bedrooms for over 3 months now, and Shepherd (our 7 month-old) has shared another one of those bedrooms with Eliza (their 1 year-old). So, let me do the math for you. That is 4 adults, 2 babies (and their toys), and 2 dogs in a 3 bedroom house. I know what some of you are thinking. “Yikes, that is a lot of people in a small space!” And it was a lot of people in a small space, but this makes their hospitality all the more remarkable.
Acts chapter 2 speaks of this kind of hospitality and fellowship among believers.
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. (2:44-47)
Tim and Sarah demonstrated this kind of hospitality on a daily basis. Their home was our home. Their stuff was our stuff. We had need and they supplied our need by providing us a place to stay and food to eat. Dave and I were called to move to Pearland from Louisville, KY to help plant Covenant Community Church, but months passed and Dave still could not find a job to enable us to move down. Tim and Sarah affirmed our calling to Pearland and to Covenant, but rather than stop there, they made possible this calling by opening their home to us. Not only this, but they did so without any conditions. They did not require a dime of us during our stay in their home! We never felt like we were imposing. We never felt like we were outstaying our welcome. In fact, as we were packing up our things, Dave told me that he never felt like he was in someone else’s home. It was just our home with Tim, Sarah and Eliza.
At times, it was hard to be constantly on the receiving end of hospitality. I wanted to have something to offer. At these times, Dave graciously reminded me that this is good practice for heaven when we will eternally receive Christ’s hospitality. I praise God that Tim and Sarah’s hospitality is a small glimpse of what I have to look forward to in heaven. And I praise God for such a dear brother and sister to image Christ to me and my family through their gracious hospitality!