This evening four folk are coming to supper. Two are our friends, and the others are actually their neighbours – confused? We have met them a few times and really like them, and are looking forward to getting to know them better. They live nearby and so it will be especially good to develop a relationship with them.

I love sharing our home and offering food. I also feel grateful for being able to do this. For supper we have tomato soup for starters plus some wholemeal bread I made earlier. Then we have a chestnut and vegetable casserole, followed by a lemon dessert, and perhaps cheese. I hope that they enjoy it but that having done a lot of the preparation beforehand I will be able to focus on our guests rather than the food.

Yesterday at our Quaker meeting the following was read from Quaker faith & practice:

Do you recognise the needs and gifts of each member of your family and household, not forgetting your own? Try to make your home a place of loving friendship and enjoyment, where all who live or visit may find the peace and refreshment of God’s presence. (No.26 Advices and Queries)

I hope that our neighbours and friends will feel welcomed and refreshed.