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