Be My Guest

Friday, 29 Aug 2014

"Particularly for Christians, hospitality begins with a realization that we have received grace. Gratitude for Christ's love and mercy should impel us to be gracious to neighbors, fellow believers, and others we encounter."
In the not too distant past, how hosts and guests were to behave toward one another was carefully regulated by custom and tradition. Dinner guests knew what was expected of them, and hosts were bound by well-accepted and even formulaic guidelines on how to make their guests feel welcome. A mother a generation or two ago might hand her daughter a copy of Emily Post's Book of Etiquette (now in its eighteenth edition) to show how to exercise good manners, make polite conversation, write a formal reply to a formal invitation, even learn the format for ...

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