Friday, December 22, 2006

Making Room For Jesus

It's almost Christmas, which means that we are almost at the end of Advent. This means that soon Sweet Baby Jesus will be placed in the manger in creches all around the world. We have been waiting for this. The empty manger is awkward. And where are the Wise Men? They are nowhere in sight just yet.

Families and individuals are clearing out that corner of the living room or den to make room for the Christmas tree and all the packages that will go under it. It is amazing what we will move around in our homes to make room for Christmas. I hope that simultaneously we are moving things around in our lives to make room for Jesus -- for his love that we cannot help sharing with those around us.

Mary made room for Jesus to the point that she was willing to carry him around in her own body for nine months before he burst onto the scene amidst angelic singing. Mary was the first Christian, and this Sunday morning we will hear about Mary in our Gospel reading from Luke. A sometimes overlooked verse of that text is: "And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord."

Mary believed, and look what happened. Mary waited. Mary made room for Jesus.

Pastor Linda
The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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