Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. - Deuteronomy 10:19
Christians are called to love their neighbor as themselves, which includes showing radical examples of hospitality. We have the opportunity as strangers in a strange land to show the same kind of mercy through hospitality that God has shown us. This means as a family we should welcome our neighbors, and all of our neighbors, to our dinner table, to dessert, whatever, that we might model for our children what it is to share and be selfless in Christ's name.
I'm reminded of a great lyric in song by the band Typhoon: "Be kind to all your neighbors, 'cause they're just like you. And you're nothing special, unless they are too."
We all eat meals, we all get sick - we have room for hospitality, nor is really outside of what we were already doing in any given day - it's just a question of who we include in our little lives.
TEACH ME TO COOK: What we value, our kids will tend to value; so if it's a priority to share what we have, they too will learn the value of sharing. This means sharing of our time, treasures, and talents. If we put only our priorities on our own nuclear family, we have demonstrated what is most precious to us - our comfort, our own kin, and our own successes. To love your neighbor is to acknowledge our common humanity with other people, all of whom are made in the image of God.
QUOTE TO REMEMBER: Many of the devil's schemes have been thwarted over a bowl of warm soup and good conversation. - Rebecca Reynolds
GIVE IT LEGS: Find that person on your street that just needs to be invited over. You all have them - and invite them to dinner. Give them an honored seat at the table, and practice with the children things they might ask of this special guest.