Making someone feel welcome is one of the greatest gifts you can give.

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9

I recently stayed with Hilary’s Uncle and Aunt in Gig Harbor. They aren’t even my own blood, but they treated me like family—royal family. Fixing my car, filling it with gas, making dinner, driving me to the airport… It was over the top and meant a lot.

Their hospitality reminded me of something I already believed: The greatest human need is to belong. Belonging is the fundamental expression of love. It affirms for the other…

“You belong here. No matter what. You’re one of us; you’re welcome; you’re loved.”

The people that get this get love.