Make room for a Savior

"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

Advent has been a blur. From Christmas parties to Holiday concerts to end of the year reports, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. Now, it's time to take a deep breath and brace for the rush of preparation leading up to Christmas Eve. Let's be clear. There's nothing wrong with Christmas parties and Holiday concerts, even end of the year reports. However, let's keep in mind the reason for the Advent season. Advent is a season of watching and waiting. It's making space for Christ in our cluttered hearts. It's a season of reorientation as we remember that the greatest gift does not come to us from Amazon and cannot be shipped by FedEx. Luke reminds us that when it came time for Jesus' birth, Mary delivered her son in a stable (not a bedroom.) Jesus' first bed was a manger - a feeding trough for livestock and other farm animals. Night-shift shepherds (not pastors and religious leaders) were the first welcome the baby Jesus. Why? because our calendars were full. Our attention was diverted. Work demands and social pressures took priority over welcoming (and receiving) our Savior. As ironic as it sounds, we continue to make the same decisions today. So, even as we shop till we drop and party till we're pooped, let's remember that the best way to prepare this Advent is worship. Let's make space in our schedules (as well as our hearts). Let's take time to pray and study the Scriptures, and let's be still before the Lord. Listen for the whispers of God. Watch for the guiding star pointing the way to Christ today. In doing so, let's make room for God's greatest gift - Immanuel - God with us. Pastor Caleb

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