My mother in law builds bridges in her kitchen, and across the dining table. She extends grace with open doors and a hot oven. We gather at her house after our expedition.
We are busy making new traditions.
Our Christmas trees were chosen by scurrying children, bundled up for trekking in the forest, giddy with the pine and fresh air and company of their cousins and grandparents, and aunts and uncles. They’ve been chopped and loaded into the back of our truck, the tailgate down for the kids to sit on as they pull off mittens to share treats.
And then we drive back to my in laws home to pull the roast from the oven and sit down for a shared meal. There is simply no way to go wrong with my mother in law’s pot roast, coffee brewing, and the belly of the wood burning stove full.
When I think of warmth, these memories come to mind, the way the hot chocolate heats up from the heart, trickling down into bellies and filling souls. It’s a spirit thing to watch these children with the chocolate mustaches, crunching on homemade caramel corn, made with love by their grandma.
When I think of hospitality, I always think of my mother in law.
She loves big.
And it’s never about the perfect centerpiece or table settings. Because at the heart of whatever plates are set or decorations adorn the table, it is His presence that shines. The fact that love came down and He dwells with us in our gathering places is what makes it beautiful.
It’s never the stuff, it’s always the heart behind it.
I wanted to bless my mother in law, who hosts all the family meals, and blesses my socks off with her Guinness pot roast and blueberry cobbler. So when I received the Love Came Down- Gifts & Home Decor from Dayspring, I knew the perfect place for it.
The table runner and votive candles, the advent counting down our days as we look to Christ, the hot plate that will hold the dishes we spoon onto plates like communion. This breaking of bread and fellowship and sustenance, all gifts from Him, gifts to be passed along as I wrap these things for her.
And when we gather at their home, we know that Love came down because we see it all around us.
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