One of my earliest Christmas memories is the sadness of learning that for baby Jesus there was “no room in the inn.” Adding to my distress was the mistaken idea that they had no source of water either–a simple misunderstanding of the Christmas carol, Noel–interpreted by pre-school ears as “no well.”
Jesus’s earliest moments spent in a borrowed feeding trough certainly demonstrate incarnation as a humble beginning, just as his crucifixion demonstrated his obedience “to the point of death.” It’s true that “he made himself nothing.”
Even so, as someone who suffered long ago over Jesus’s pitiful welcome to the world, you’d think I would do a better job of making room for him in my celebration of his birthday! With the many ways we interpret Christmas in our world today, it’s all too easy for the decorations, lights, music, gifts, and menu-planning to fill every moment and every corner of our hearts.
For me, the observance of Advent has been monumental in the formation of spiritual practices leading up to Christmas. All means of grace–prayer, scripture reading, fasting, meditation–serve us by making space, creating room for God to work in our hearts and lives. By meeting with him each day, we build a meaningful celebration of his birth.
Room for Jesus
Today’s carol in Welcoming the Light, my guided journal for Advent, is “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne,” and we’re meditating on the phrase:
“O come to my heart, Lord Jesus—There is room in my heart for Thee!”
And so, I will gently ask you (as I ask myself): Is there?
Are you determined to leave room in your Advent season for Jesus? He stands ready to help you in your worship and your quiet moments of reflection over the next four weeks.
When we are weak, we fall back on our habits, so it’s important to have good ones! Make the commitment today to establish the habit of welcoming the true Light each day of Advent. How is the True Light showing up in your life today on this first Sunday of Advent?
Holding You in the Light this Advent Season,
“O come to my heart, Lord Jesus–there is room in my heart for thee.” Are you determined to leave room in your Advent season for Jesus? He stands ready to lead you into quiet moments of reflection over the next four weeks.Tweet
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