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"And so it was..." A Christmas Greeting from our District Superintendent

posted on December 15

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
                                                                                                                                                       Luke 2:6-7

A church I served several years ago had a yearly Advent tradition of offering an Outdoor Drama     
to the community and beyond.  It was truly the highlight of the year for this rural congregation as they shared in the telling and acting of the Christmas Story.  Every—every person connected with the church had a role to play.  There were angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, horses, a donkey, sheep, wise men, sometimes llamas and one year there was camel, and there was an awesome choir! There was one character that seemed to be reserved for a certain respected gentleman of the community—the innkeeper.
The teenagers who played the coveted roles of Mary and Joseph would arrive at the inn.  Mary was seated on the donkey and Joseph was leading them.  After a knock on the door the innkeeper would come out and shake his head, indicating he had no room in the inn.  He pointed over to the stable and Joseph lead Mary and the donkey over to the stable.
While the characters were involved in this pantomime, the old gospel hymn Have You Any Room for Jesus was played and sung by one of the talented young adults of the congregation.  It was upbeat and delivered the message well.
Have you any room for Jesus,
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinners, will you let Him in?
Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey;
Swing the heart's door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.

Do I have any room for Jesus?  That is the question I am asking myself this Advent and Christmas Season.  I am doing a heart check to see how much room I have given Jesus. Have you any room for Jesus? I ask you that question also.  During this season of expectation, hope, preparation and joy, I challenge you to take some time and reflect on your relationship with the Christ.
We have a message to proclaim.  Isaac Watts said it this way—
                         Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
                         Let earth receive her King;
                         Let every heart prepare Him room,
                         And Heaven and nature sing,
                         And Heaven and nature sing,

                         And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing
My prayer is that we all have prepared room for the Lord in our hearts so the world can see through us he is come!
Have a joyous and blessed Christmas,