Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Where Should Christ Be Born?

“And, assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born. And they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judaea; for thus it is written through the prophet: ” Matthew 2:4 DARBY
Where should Christ be born?  In the now ancient and familiar story Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem.  Most of us are very acquainted with the story.  Mary and Joseph took their donkey and walked down to Bethlehem for the census.  While they were there, Mary had Jesus.  The shepherds came.  The star shone.  The wise men came with gifts.  Nice story -- "lets tear into those presents!"  "Honey, did you get the stocking stuffers at Walmart?"  "Where's the cheese fondue?" "Give Aunt Zelma a call and see when they're getting here."

I ask again, where should the Christ be born?  Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year.  The agenda fills up with so many things and people.  While getting together with people we haven't seen for awhile, and getting to eat favorite foods you may only prepare once a year take center stage it is easy to leave Christ shoved in the closet under the stairs.  Christ comes to dwell near you; to be part of your life and for you to be part of His.  The Indwelling Christ lives for this time of year where the reminder of His Coming is so prevalent and frequent.  The Indwelling Christ is joyful for your welcome and your hospitality shown Him.  Don't forget to plan for and prepare a place for Him to come into your family's midst and to eat with you.  Do this in remembrance of Him.

Open our doors and our hearts Lord God, to the drawing near of your incarnate presence.  Help us to remember to share your gifts and your life with those who come spend holiday time with us.  In Christ's name.  Amen.

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