And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in blankets
and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
This seems to be the scripture that has had an
impact on me this Christmas season. I have heard it in our church
services, on the car radio, and on the Web.
One of my favorite stories has been reported in
various publications through the years. It tells of a group of Sunday
School students who were asked to put on the annual Christmas play. The
students were given the responsibility of selecting the characters who
would have speaking parts. They chose Wally for the inn-keeper. He was a
large boy, who was friendly, kind, and loved by the other students. He
was also mentally challenged. His part was only two sentences, “Go away.
There is no room.” This was to be repeated twice.
Wally got along fine at rehearsals, and was so
impressed with the colorful costumes and the large audience, he really
was living his part. When Mary and Joseph first appeared, Wally said his
lines correctly, but when they turned to leave, Wally had tears running
down his cheeks, as he called out, “Come back, Mary, come back Joseph,
you can have my room.”
This story always makes me think about my life. Am
I crowding Christ out because of other pursuits? Is my life becoming
overstuffed with material things that require upkeep, overstuffed with
habits that deplete energy, overstuffed with food that doesn’t
contribute to fitness? Do I crowd him out by resentment and bitterness?
These are like barnacles that cover a ship and make
it unsafe for travel on the sea. Our outlook on life can be changed by
these negative habits. We pray that God will help us keep the miracle of
Christmas in our lives throughout the year.
77 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR
OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Day Forty-Eight, December 22, 2008.
29 days, 15 hours and 20 minutes left until
For insight and clarity for President-Elect Obama’s
appointee to the position of Secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner.
His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful
servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in
charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
reign in perfect faithfulness over us--as individuals and as a nation.
You have done great and mighty things in this country, and I praise and
thank You for Your goodness to us, even in the midst of economic crisis
God, we pray that President-Elect Barack Obama’s
choice for the Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, will have a
heart like the good stewards celebrated in Matthew 25. Give him great
wisdom, integrity and understanding about how to deal properly with our
country’s economic concerns. Give him insight beyond his own experience
so our nation will be able to meet the needs of its citizens. We give
You praise and honor for hearing and responding. In the name of Christ
our Lord, amen.