We have just celebrated Christmas 2017 and another year is drawing to a close. It is that time of the year when we take a look at the year which has passed. We take stock of the ups and downs, the good and the bad and the progress we have made. It is a time of quiet reflection and usually a time for making some resolutions for the coming year.
I, myself, am pondering the Christmas story and the significance of it in my life. We are all familiar with this event on the Christian calendar. For most of us the story starts with an expectant mother and her husband making their way to Bethlehem. Arriving in the city after a tiresome journey, the husband desperately looks for a place where they can rest for the night. However, everywhere he inquires he is turned away. The places are full. There is no place for the Son of God to be born. Finally, an innkeeper shows the pair to a stable. So often the Lord also knocks on our door. He calls to us to open our lives to him and to give him a place in our busy schedules, but every time we turn him away. We are too busy and our lives are filled with so many things that we have no time or place for him. We erroneously believe that there will be more time later for that. We just want to first do this or that before we welcome him into our daily lives. We first need to make it to the top of our careers, marry the perfect spouse, raise our children, travel the world and spend our spare time pursuing all the pleasures the world is offering us, before we invite the Lord to stay.
Maybe it is time to open the door and let him in. Maybe it is time for him to sit at our table, to take up permanent residence in our lives and to be the guest of honour. Listen, he is standing at your door right now, knocking...
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