Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In Other Words--Hospitality is an Art Form


“I would define ‘hidden art’ as the art found in the ordinary areas of everyday life. Each person has, I believe, some talent which is unfulfilled in some hidden area of his being – a talent which could be expressed and developed.”

By Edith Schaeffer

“The Hidden Art of Homemaking”

Her home is a welcome refuge. She greets with a smile, offers of a drink and then turns back to what she is doing. Graciously refusing help, she motions her guest to sit and visit while she works. Dinner is simple--bbq sausages, steamed vegetables, fresh strawberries--but it is delicious. The truth is that she is one of the best cooks this guest knows and it is always a pleasure to sit at her table. Conversation around the table is joyful as the children interact. As the guest is shown to her room her senses are delighted. The sheets are ironed, there are fresh fluffy towels lying on the bed along with lovely soap and lotion from an exquisite spa. As the guest sinks into a deep sleep she thanks God for such a friend and a place to be in the chaos of the week.

This friend of mine raises hospitality to an art form. She takes the simple tasks of a meal, preparing a bed, laying out amenities and allows them to encircle her guests and touch all their senses. She has not allowed her talent for making people feel special to remain hidden. And I am grateful.

Father, thank you for my friend and the wonderful hospitality shared in her home. Thank you for the inspiration she gives me to make even the simple tasks of homemaking special. Thank you that she does not keep her art hidden. Bless her home with your presence in the conversations and the visitors that come. As I take her inspiration, help me to see the things in my home that you wish to take from "chore" to "art." Help me to not hide the talents you give to me. Amen.

Our hostess for In Other Words this week is Nina at Mama's Little Treasures. I hope you will visit some of the blogs that are participating and maybe find a little more of the art that is hidden in your home.


Tami Boesiger said...

Praise God for gracious, talented friends, but also for the women who recognize the skill! I'm sure you expressed your appreciation for her and this post will certainly honor her.

I marvel at the way people like your friend serve so quietly, expecting nothing for their efforts. They touch me.

Karen said...

People don't realize what a true gift homemaking is. Its one I wish I had and hope to develop some day. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tribute to your friend.

e-Mom said...

I love The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer! (It's been in my library for many years.) She had the gift of creativity and homemaking... and I know you do too. Enjoy your gift! ღ