Sunday, December 3, 2017

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 clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:6-7



The First Sunday of Advent

Written by Romona Shannon

As this Advent begins, and we prepare spiritually for Christmas, I find myself reflecting on how Jesus came to us as a baby in all humility and helplessness.  Scripture tells us, “there was no room for them in the inn," consequently Jesus was born in poor circumstances, a stable.  Jesus comes to us among the poor and down trodden, the sick and dying, the hungry, the oppressed, the sad and lonely.  

This Advent, let us ask ourselves, “How can I make room in my heart for those whom I find to be poor and unlovely in my life?  How can I welcome Christ in the people who annoy me and who are different from me? How can I welcome Christ in the strangers and friends I see daily?”

Following Jesus can be challenging, but this Advent may our Christ-like love help us “make room” for others.  

Prayer:  “There was no room for them in the inn,” but Lord please help us this Advent to make room for Christ in our hearts.  Amen