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Unto Us a Child is Born #adventbookclub – Day 25

Luke 2:1-7 (CEV)

The Birth of Jesus

About that time Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David’s hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David’s family.

Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby, and while they were there, she gave birth to her first-born son. She wrapped him in wide strips of cloth and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Unto Us a Child is Born

Whether we are ready or not, Jesus is here.
If we have room for him, or not.
If we have time for him, or not.
If we are prepared, or not.
God is here, born in the reality of our lives today.

Jesus doesn’t ask us to sweep out our lives before he will be born within us.  He asks only that we find whatever space we can, and do not delay, because his birth (and rebirth) is imminent.

He doesn’t wait for a rapturous and well prepared welcome.  He won’t turn down our humble, perhaps even slightly grudging invitation.  He doesn’t ask for satin and velvet, diamonds and Dom Perignon.  He’ll be born wherever.

All we have to do is make space for him. (p117)

Come, Lord Jesus, come

This year, several of us are reading Beginnings and Endings by Maggi Dawn and joining together to comment on it.  Do join us at the Adventbookclub Facebook page, follow #adventbookclub on Twitter or comment below.  If you are also reading and blogging on this book, let me know and I will link to your blog.

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Come, Lord Jesus Come

Into the joy,
the excitement,
the wonderment

Come, Lord Jesus come

Into the pain,
the longing,
the fear

Come, Lord Jesus come

Into the hostility,
the arguments,
the silence

Come, Lord Jesus come

Into the despair,
the hole,
the darkness

Come, Lord Jesus Come

Into the hunger,
the homelessness,
the cold

Come, Lord Jesus come

Into my life,
where I am
this season

Come, Lord Jesus come

Into the world,
longing
and needing

Come, Lord Jesus come

Come Lord,
fill me,
hold me,
heal me,
help me
send me

that I may
hold,
heal,
help,
love
and bring peace

That you may come, Lord Jesus
come

Reaching Out – Christmas Day 3

Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

Kenneth Allen [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

I can say no better than Nouwen’s quote:

When God has become our Shepherd, our refuge, our fortress, when we can reach out to him in the midst of the broken world and feel at home while still on the way. When God swells in us, we can enter in a wordless dialogue with him while still waiting on the day that he will lead us into the house where he has prepared a place for us

And I thank God for that!

God invites you and me to reach out to him anew.

And the prayer from the book:

Lord,

stretch out our perspective

so that it expands in your direction.

Remind us that we are not alone

and that you are with us

Today

we ask you to extend your loving concern

to the whole of your earthly peoples,

especially

to those who have had

no chance to know you and your Word directly.

Amen and Amen

That is what Christmas truly means

This year for Advent – and into Christmas, some friends and I are using Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen.   You’re welcome to join us on this journey.  Feel free to comment here, or on Twitter using #adventbookclub

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http://runninglife.wordpress.com/

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