2 About that time Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. 2 These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. 4 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.
5 Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby, 6 and while they were there, 7 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.
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
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5 Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. 7 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.
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