Here’s a little piece about welcome from Charles E. Rice. In it he talks about everyone’s search for welcome as a search for ‘home’.
Even better, he says, is giving welcome. When we offer our fellow pilgrims welcome we find “the welcome we ran home to on cold or lonely nights”, it is “portable, elusive and holy”.
Charles seems to be pointing to the kind of welcome that brings the eternal concept of home into the ordinary experiences we share.