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Advent Devo - Christmas Day

Friday, December 25th

“Make Room”

Passage: Luke 2:1-20

Pastor Rob Harding

…the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son... She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no place for them…Luke 2:6 (RSV)

A child is born. What a wondrous way for God to come to us – so humbly. So quietly. Too quietly perhaps, meaning sometimes, humbly as he’s come, we fail to fully recognize the enormity of it all.

This morning – and as I write this long before this morning, I know it will hold true – I rose before the others simply to sit and “make room.” Room to pay attention. Room to stand up and take notice. Room to not let the distractions of this world keep me from what should amaze me.

On this Christmas morning, consider one of the simple messages of today’s passage: “…there was no place for them…” No room. No space. The question is: how will you make room for him not just today but each day? A more intentional quiet time with God each day? Reflecting in a more focused way on your daily commute? Having a covenant with your spouse where each of you give the other that holy break at key times each week or day by watching the kids?

While there was no room for him at the inn, make sure you create space for him in your life, not just as Lord and Savior but as daily companion as well. Make that commitment this Christmas morning.

From my family to yours – Merry Christmas!

Prayer: God Who comes into our midst, I make room for you this day – and commit myself to being your disciple. Amen

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