Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room
WHAT JESUS WANTS for Christmas is a vacancy, an opening, some room. He can’t be crammed into my heart if I keep everything I’ve ever accumulated. I have to do some letting go; I have to begin my spring cleaning in the early days of winter. For me to say yes to Jesus, I will have to say no to a few (or many) other things. Is Jesus interested in my ability? Doesn’t he crave instead my availability? Can my prayer be listening more than talking? Dare I pray, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening”? …
Is there room in our hearts, in our lives, for Jesus to come? If we have no joy, is it because we have no room for joy? God has built a room inside each one of us, a little chapel, an inn designed for Jesus to come and reside within us. But hasn’t it become overgrown with weeds, cluttered with rubbish? The room in me seems too shabby for the splendid Lord to enter.
But no room is too shabby. Jesus was born in a frigid stall where the cattle were housed. You have the room. Take a long look at the pile of baubles and busyness and decide this is the year to “let every heart prepare him room.”
Pull down the cobwebs; wield the heavy-duty vacuum. Don’t miss your true love, your heart’s desire.
– James C. Howell
Why This Jubilee?
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In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
Jeremiah 33:15, NRSV
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This week we remember: John Knox (November 24).
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