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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 travelled 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 dressed him in baby clothes and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

Martha’s story reminds me that the coming of Jesus disturbed lives. People who thought their lives were sorted, going along nicely; those who thought their lives were full already. People whose lives were just going along – and then Jesus burst into them – and nothing  was ever quite the same again.

People open their hearts and lives to God.  And he comes.  Changes priorities, opportunities presented, new life born, hope re-kindled.

And with that welcoming of God, comes a whole rush of other people to welcome too…

Lord,
your coming
changes everything.

I thought life was ok,
but then you burst into it.
And everything is somehow different,
even when it appears the same.

You have brought your life,
your hope,
your presence.

As I welcome you
may I make room,
and allow you to have an impact
on what you find there.

 


Join us reading Walking Backwards to Christmas by Stephen Cottrell from SPCK Publishing this advent.  Be part of #adventbookclub, share your thoughts here, on your own blog (and let us know we’ll link to it), on Twitter using #adventbookclub or on the Adventbookclub Facebook page

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(for those following along without the book, Martha is the name given by Stephen Cottrell to the Innkeepers wife)

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 travelled 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 dressed him in baby clothes and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Imagine having to make that kind of journey whilst very pregnant.  It must have been exhausting.  I once moved house when 38 weeks pregnant and that was no fun.  On a very human level, I feel for Mary.

Nazareth to Bethlehem

Nazareth to Bethlehem is 163km or 101miles.  According to the directions, that’s a 34 hour walk – if you’re not pregnant!  They weren’t able to jump in their car.  There must have been worries about whether Mary would go into labour en-route.  It wasn’t a journey they chose to make, a last minute holiday before the baby arrived, or even a decision to go and have the baby amongst their relatives.  This was forced on them by bureaucracy.

But, somehow, or Gods-how it all came together.  Jesus was born in the right place at the right time, among the right people.

Lord,
sometimes you call us
and lead us,
to set out on a journey with you.

We do not always understand it,
sometimes it is very frightening,
we cannot always see
where you are leading us,
but you take us faithfully.

And as we journey with you,
new possibilities are born,
your life comes to new places
and we are changed.

Be born in me today
as I journey with you
 


Join us reading Walking Backwards to Christmas by Stephen Cottrell from SPCK Publishing this advent.  Be part of #adventbookclub, share your thoughts here, on your own blog (and let us know we’ll link to it), on Twitter using #adventbookclub or on the Adventbookclub Facebook page

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.