Monday, October 21, 2013

Why 60 Pounds of Pancakes?

Why call my blog 60 Pounds of Pancakes? I wanted something that spoke to my love of entertaining, hospitality, life and most importantly God. 

The book of Hebrews tells us, "Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!" The first time this is seen in the Bible is in the book of Genesis when Abraham is visited by three strangers. He runs to Sarah and tells her “get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.” Many believe that equals about 60 pounds. Sixty pounds of bread-like pancakes!  Just stop what you're doing, whip that up without complaining, planning ahead and most likely without thanks! Yet Sarah did so joyfully. 

What's important to remember with Sarah and Abraham's story is with hospitality, it's not about you. It's not about how clever you are, how great a chef you are, or how you impress your guests. I'm not a great chef, I'm not a great crafter or artist. I like to try new things and be creative, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Hospitality is all about opening your home, showing others the love Christ has shown you, and making all who enter welcome. I aspire to have the grace that joyfully serves 60 pounds of pancakes. 

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