Saturday, December 06, 2008

E ntertaining Angels

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. ~Hebrews 13:2

Holiday time sure brings people out of the woodwork, doesn't it? Here at the farm we see more unexpected visitors and get more surprise phone calls in December than we do at any other time of the year. Every day brings a new connection from someone we know and love, but who perhaps isn't part of our day-to-day living.

I like it. A lot.

Yesterday we received a call from someone we haven't heard from since last holiday season. It's funny, but when I heard the familiar voice the months between our last conversation melted away. We chatted for nearly an hour. Laughed over silly things. Shared success and sadness. Then, we hung up. There were no false promises to "stay in touch" or "talk soon" that are so often offered in such instances. No, we know we probably won't speak again for months and that's all right. We know that when we do hear each other's voices next there will be that same delight we always feel when we reconnect.

A few days ago we had a drop-in visit from one of Hubby's old work acquaintances. He came bearing cookies his wife had baked. Of course we were happy to see him, and we welcomed him into our home. We sat beside the fire for a while, drinking tea and nibbling cookies. When the fellow left, he and Hubby hugged and spoke of getting together in the spring to work on a building project.

This morning I'm going to bake a cinnamon loaf, just in case we hear the doorbell ring this afternoon. I love these impromptu holiday visits, and am secretly hoping someone shows up.

What about you? Are you reconnecting with anyone special? Or are you one of the drop-ins or wonderful, unexpected callers?

Hope you have a fabulous Saturday!


Dru said...

I'm not in impromptu person. I'll usually call to see if someone is home before arriving on their doorstep.

Have a great weekend!

Wendy said...

I LOVE to drop in unexpectedly on friends, but living in a big city I find that people usually like to get that warning call first! Our kids are definitely drop-ins (at least at our house) and we love it.

Ah Saturday - Christmas baking today!

Melissa McClone said...

I would love for that to happen, Sarita, but it just doesn't in our life. And our phone rarely rings unless it's my mom, sister or niece even at the holiday times.

Ceri Hebert said...

I'm such a hermit and not so good at entertaining. My one attempt to do Christmas at my house was a disaster which left my brother and I not talking for two weeks. So I don't get many visitors and it's for the best. :)

But I love to chat online.