As I browsed further, the headings of cleanliness took me mostly to verses about being clean and pure spiritually. How freeing! Yes I believe God is a God of order and He asks us to be wise stewards of what He shares with us. Hospitality is however commanded various times in scripture such as 1 Peter 4:9 where it says, "Show hospitality one to another with out grumbling" How simple is that? I freely admit that I am the worst at grumbling about getting ready for guests. I grumble at my children in the process and get down right irritable at hubby if his ambition doesn't match my own and honestly sometimes that is why spontaneous guests is sometimes actually better. How can I as a busy mother chose the "good portion" over the ever enslaving housework which by the way will always be here? I really wonder sometimes if our busyness in this era of gadgets that are supposed to simplify our lives is one of the reasons we see so much loneliness and depression in the world around us and even in the church? How about we change our thought process around about what's important and invite each other over even if we just serve popcorn and juice and step on cookie crumbs that have been left in strategic piles under the table? (Or not serve any food as most of us are trying to lose weight anyhow) God was truly genius in creating communities of people which He put together to form meaningful and challenging relationships and I am sure He is mortified that we are to consumed with cleanliness to take advantage of this beautiful gift.
So come on over, I'll roll out the paper plates (oops just used the last of those for lunch) napkins and my hazy cups (which are not all sparkly due to a dishwasher detergent error) and we'll look around at our abundant blessings while we munch apples from my large stash and maybe even a leftover pumpkin bar or two.
**DISCLAIMER: just in case you're wondering, my spontaneous-do-it-quickly nature is the reason there are white lines on this page...I.can.not.make.them.go.away but I am hitting publish anyway ;)