Wednesday, December 21, 2011

No Room!

Happy Afternoon, Precious Ones! I sincerely hope that you are all having a wonderful Wednesday as we approach the Christmas weekend. I can't wait!

Like a crazy person, I just braved the local mall. And, let me tell you, it was almost an impossible mission for this crowd-hater! I accepted the last parking spot in the lot, and I power walked my way through herds of crazed shoppers. I was actually out to purchase birthday presents, not Christmas presents. We have 5 family birthdays around Christmas. I feel so sorry for them, especially the little guys. Both of our nephews have holiday birthdays - Maddox on Christmas Eve and Liam on New Year's Day. Now, every year I set out to shop early, and I just never ever do. Oh well...

Now, I'm resting, and I thought about you! I wondered if you were busy with holiday festivities, too.

This morning, I read through Luke 2, just like I told you that I would. And, just like God, He pointed out something new to me. Isn't it amazing how God's Word is fresh every single time we read it? I've been studying Luke 1 and 2 for several weeks now, and yet, God gave me a new truth today.

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

We've all heard the story of how there was no room in the inn for Mary to give birth to Jesus, and that's why Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger. As an adult, I'm always surprised to find how many details of the story have been added along the way, as it is repeated again and again. Growing up, I always thought the story included an elaborate account of Joseph and Mary traveling from inn to inn and asking for lodging. As it turns out, the text doesn't include many details, at all.

However, it does state, "She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

From Jesus' very earliest days, people lacked room for Him. In a literal sense, the innkeeper didn't have a place for Him. But, if we spin this scenario into our world today, I wonder how many of us lack room for Jesus in our lives? I would be curious to know how many of us have spent as much time preparing our hearts for Christmas as we've spent preparing our homes.

The last thing I want in my life is to compartmentalize Jesus in me. God, allow me to erupt with your story and your glory. May my life have intentional space carved out just for you.

Merry Christmas!

Yesterday, the kiddos and I played together all the livelong day. Part of our day included a trip to the science museum. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment! :)

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