I know it was part of the plan, but I still can’t help but feel a little sad when I read the last line of this verse…
7 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.
One of the phrases my husband uses most with our kids is, “Actions speak louder than words.” I believe that in nothing do we show a more ingrateful heart than by not making room for the Savior in our lives. And it isn’t just saying we believe in Him or going to church on Sundays, but it is the daily things we do to include Him in our lives. It’s daily prayers and daily studying of His words. It’s listening to music that draws us closer to Him and pondering on specific ways we can do better to be more like Him and regular repenting when we do things to show the ways we are not like Him at all. When we make room for Him we cannot help but be drawn in closer to Him. We cannot help but feel more gratitude, peace, and joy in our lives, but it really does take a daily effort on our part.
Song: Do You Have Room? By Shauna Belt Edwards
Song: Make Room by Casting Crowns
Challenge: What will you do today to show gratitude by making room in your heart for the Savior of the world?
On a side note – as I was watching music videos to gather songs for this walk the thought came to me that though a stable is not the ideal place for a baby to be born, let alone our King, Bethlehem was probably very chaotic at the time because of the census. Perhaps the stable was a much more peaceful setting for this sacred scene to play out. Maybe this also has a lesson for us. What quiet sacred setting have you established for spending time with the Lord, even if it wouldn’t seem ideal to others?
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