Is there room for Jesus in your Christmas?
Christmas time is often packed with many things. Visits. Gifts. Work parties. School plays. Baking. Shopping. Wrapping. And, on and on and on.
Has it become so full of things that we leave no room for Him?
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
On the first Christmas, there was an inn. It was also packed. It was full of people – people who were unwilling to make room for the birth of the Savior.
This part of the evening has become so familiar to us that I think we often overlook it. We know they were sent to the stable. We know the birth took place amongst the animals. But, do we think about the people in the inn?
Picture yourself at the scene. It is late. Joseph comes in and announces that his wife is about to have a baby. You stand near the innkeeper ready to go to your room. You see the pain on her face and fear in her eyes. You know a comfortable bed is waiting for you. And, you make a choice. A choice to look away. To walk away. To let your heart be unmoved by the situation in front of you.
Have you ever given birth? Or been with a woman giving birth? Can you imagine choosing to lay in a bed while a woman gives birth outside, in the cold, amongst the animals.
We are often blinded by our desires, our own issues, our own thoughts. This year I want to move about in a way that is open. Open to do things differently. Open to see things differently. Open to moments that He is in the midst of. Open to change my course according to the prompting of the moment.
Let your heart be open this season. Let your mind be aware. Let your thoughts be moved by this scene of long ago. Be willing to not just see God, but to look for him everywhere. Look for chances to invite Him in. Look for moments that are wrapped in Him. Look for people who need His love.
Make sure your season isn’t so full that He gets left out or pushed aside. Make room, lots of room for Christ in your Christmas.
Let my heart be wide open this Christmas. Help me to be looking for every opportunity to draw near to you. Let me see every opportunity to invite you into the middle of my moments. Come, make yourself at home right in the middle of this season.
In Your Wondrous Name,