17th December 2011

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

“Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:10-11 (NKJV)

I’d like to share with you something that I came across some time ago.  Someone had scrawled the following on a wall:
                                                Love is nowhere!
Can you feel the sadness in that statement, the despair, the hopelessness and the gloom? Then someone else came along and put a cross through this depressing thought between the “W” and the “H” and it now reads:
                                                Love is now/here!

Love is indeed now here—the Saviour of the world has come and many celebrate his birth on the 25th of this month. Christians gather to sing carols and listen to the words about that arrival that have been written down for centuries. Young children act out this amazing birth in what has come to be called the Nativity Play and so they too learn this incredible story about the coming of Love and Light into the world in a little village called Bethlehem; which means “The house of Bread”.

I read a story recently about a school play where a sensitive young boy called Alf was chosen to be the inn keeper because all he had to do was say; “Go away!” and slam the door—surely he couldn’t get that wrong?

The rehearsals went great, Alf came up with the goods and finally the big night arrived. Joseph knocked on the door of the inn; Alf opened the door and looked at them standing on his doorstep.

Then Joseph said; “Good evening Sir—my wife and I have travelled all the way from Galilee and we’re very tired, she is also expecting a baby and we have nowhere to stay, do you have a room please?”

Alf yelled “Go away!” and slammed the door, and Mary and Joseph looked sadly at each other and turned away. Suddenly the door opened again and Alf was standing there with tears in his eyes and said; “I’m sorry!” I’ve changed my mind; come in, you can have my room.”

Can we all find room in our lives for this newborn baby called Jesus, at this time of the year? As Isaac Watts put it in his hymn Joy to the world, “Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing.”

Father, thank you for the incredibly precious gift of your beloved Son, Jesus. Give us a great desire to be a blessing for others as we allow him to fill our hearts with your love at this time of year.

Study by Cliff Neill

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