Evidently, the house had been prepared for a great celebration. Evalyn could see garlands festooning the receiving rooms, and bright flags lining the driveway where highly polished carriages traversed, unloading their elegantly attired owners.
Suddenly light-headed, she sank down on a stone and rested her forehead in her hands. The lights in the house blurred and she felt weak.
“You’ll be all right,” said a voice. Startled, Evalyn All looked into the face of an old man, gnarled and misshapen. “Felt the same way myself, lotsa times. Cold and hungry and too tired to feel a blasted…” He stopped angrily in mid- sentence.
“Do you live…” Evalyn All started, but before the question was finished she knew it was impossible. The man wore clothes like hers, old and dirty.
“0’ nuh,” came the answer before she could finish. “Nuh, nuh, nuh. There was a time when I hoped, too,” and he sighed. “But I’m past hoping. Got ustah and like the way I live. Y’gotta have an invitation, y’know.”
Evalyn’s heart sank, because she’d been hoping too.
“Yessir. gotta getcha an in-vi-ta-tion. Them’s the rules.”
Karen Mains has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen Mains and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
In addition, pastors will find special resources to help them create effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.