Something remarkable happens when we silence fear. When we don't let "what if" keep us from "what could be,"—laughter and conversation find a way into our homes, and strangers surround our tables. Doors that were once closed become open to people different from us, inviting unfamiliar beliefs and various faces into our comfortable spaces.
Letting go of fear frees us. We become free to listen, though we may disagree. Free to give, even if we receive nothing back. We are free to be seen and known by others, even if it means being misunderstood, judged, or rejected. Letting go of fear frees us to love.
And love has a greater purpose. Leaving no empty seats at our tables, love seeks to welcome all who are willing to join us. Knowing what it feels like to not have a place, love becomes a place for others. It is said that there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for another. Therefore, love lets go of fear to free others.
This blog will share stories of people who have modeled love. Once strangers, now friends, these people have welcomed me and others around their tables. I hope these stories inspire you to invite neighbors, coworkers, or anyone considered an outsider to eat & drink at your table. You may discover these people are more like you than once believed. Hey, maybe they are the lifelong friends you have longed to meet.