Make Room

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Pilot’s Christmas Village is up and it is lovely.

While I enjoy the beauty of the display on top of the built in cabinet, in order to have a place for the village, I had to clear off the cabinet first.

Oy, vey.

Clutter has a habit of settling on every flat surface in our home. I don’t understand it, but it’s true. It’s like some gigantic magnet sucks papers, magazines, trinkets, whatnots, onto the surface along with dust and won’t let go.

As I de-cluttered and made room for the Christmas Village I thought of the night Jesus was born.

Bethlehem was cluttered. It was full of people. There was no room for one more person.

Joseph and Mary had to take refuge in the stable among the livestock. Their firstborn child, Jesus, Savior of the world, was born in a feeding trough.

There was no room.

But what about today? What about our cluttered lives?

Do we clear out the clutter and make room to read the Bible and listen to what it says to us?

Do we clear out the clutter and make room in our schedules to meet the needs of others?

Do we clear out the clutter and make room in our day to give encouragement through a call or a note?

Do we clear out the clutter and make room in our budgets to give to missions?

Or better yet, do we make room in our vacation time to work on a short-term mission field?

Do we clear out the clutter and make room in our heart for Jesus to come in and live?

As we prepare for Christmas and all the busyness it entails, let’s remember to clear out the clutter and make room for Jesus.

Before you decorate for Christmas, do you have to de-clutter, or is it just me or needs to do that?

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Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s town, Bethlehem, in Judea, because he was a direct descendant of David, to be registered with his future wife, Mary, now in the later stages of her pregnancy. So it happened that it was while they were there in Bethlehem that she came to the end of her time. She gave birth to her first child, a son. And as there was no place for them inside the inn, she wrapped him up and laid him in a manger. Luke 2:4-7 (Phillips)

I wish you well.


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