Hospitality is different in Northern Virginia from rural Southwestern Virginia. In the mountains, someone might invite you over to sit a spell on their front porch, offering a glass of “sweet tea.” In Alexandria, in part because we don’t often have front porches, we are more likely to say, “Meet me at the Alexandria Pastry Shop for coffee.” Either way, it’s hospitality.

 In a time and place where neighbors come and go anonymously, and life is more transient, we have to work hard at building caring connections. Abraham and Sarah modeled hospitality to three strangers who turned out to be God. If we make the effort to reach out to both old and new friends, we will also be entertaining God. It’s time to set the table!

~Pastor Mary Beth


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