Boggle, anyone? What’s the value of a good game? Your guest, your family may need a simple distraction.
Another word for Hospitality is Alongsidedness–coming alongside those who need comfort. I mentioned that here.
Your company may need comfort.
They may also need a simple distraction from stress, pain or loneliness. What to do?
Play a game, that’s what.
I grew up in a family playing games: Rook, Clue, Boggle, Perquacky (Perquacky??), Miles Bournes, Rummikub, Monopoly, ping pong–we had three ping pong tables at one point. The Moores weren’t known for their gourmet meals or deep conversations. We did play a good game of Probe, however, and alongsidedness happened for the sake of the Gospel.
We had fun. Sounds spiritual to me.
We included the stranger – the stranger the better, at times. We made others feel part of the family. And we laughed. A lot. And it was good. I can just hear our Creator God at the end of a Moore Family Game-a-thon: “And it was good.” You bet it was.
Our girls grew up with manically crazy Screamo – a loud version of Bunco – and Bonnie’s introduced Screamo to downtown San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, at large.
Last November, she hosted a large Screamo game for her birthday, so Lisa and I surprised her with treats in hand. We didn’t want to miss a great Screamo party.
Note wooden spoon – Bonnie used a spoon and saucepan to ring-in and close-out each round. Close to midnight–after many rounds, after too many peanut butter bars, after losing our voices–these wonderful 20-somethings asked if we wanted to go out dancing with them. That would be a no. But nice to be invited.
A great game. Community building. Love sharing. Time together. Alongsidedness for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus would’ve loved it.
A friend told me she loves decorating for company and getting the house all ready, but she’s intimidated by people walking in the door: “What do we talk about?”
I hadn’t thought about that. But if I did, I might say, “We don’t need to worry if we have the card table set up for Hand-and-Foot and popcorn and Coke at the ready.”
Because of my upbringing, I find comfort in a quiet or not so quiet game of cards with family and friends. I feel at home. I forget my worries and time-demands and what’s coming next. There’s a therapy there that doesn’t cost more than a deck of cards, and I’m grateful.
Did you play games growing up? What was your favorite?
You can start this week. In fact, I’m doing a giveaway next Monday on Facebook* for one of our all-time favorites: Rummikub – new in box. Stay tuned. And start your guest list.
Know someone needing a good distraction with a great belly laugh thrown in? You don’t even need to decorate. Or cook. Just invite and bring someone alongside.
All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. II Corinthians 1:3,4 MSG
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