“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'”
Matthew 25:34-36 (context)
I hate getting cold and wet. But worse than getting cold and wet is staying cold and wet. I know this especially from backpacking, when you have no options besides what you brought along. If everything is soaked, there’s no drying out. Imagine being a cyclist on tour, out on the road far from friends or warm accommodations, and getting caught in a downpour. Even on a nice day, the opportunity to take a hot shower, eat a good meal, and sleep in a bed could really make a difference.
Enter Warmshowers.org, which describes itself thus:
The Warm Showers List is a list of Internet cyclists who have offered their hospitality towards touring cyclists. The extent of the hospitality depends on the host and may range from simply a spot to pitch a tent to meals, a warm (hot!) shower, and a bed.
I think this is such a great idea, Ian and I have registered to let people stay with us. This is the kind of opportunity I think Christians have a responsibility to take: To share your resources and time with people who need a little caring. To provide for people who need something you have. To listen to their stories, and share God’s love through your hospitality. It may not be comfortable, but I think it’s right.