The Weekly Breather: No Room
Settle Yourself and Release
Find a quiet place to relax and meet God. Slowly read through this Scripture passage several times, listening for what God may be trying to communicate to you through his Word.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
– Luke 2:1-7 (NIV)
1. If Mary and Joseph were looking for room in the guest room of your heart, would it have a “vacancy” or “no vacancy” sign outside? Are you more caught up in the preparations for Christmas or the preparation of your heart?
2. What room in your heart would you invite the couple to occupy? Would the room be tidy or cluttered? Would it be noisy or peaceful?
3. What kind of hospitality would you provide? Would you be present at the birth? Would you assist in any way you could?
4. Would you have a check-out time for them to leave? Will you just return to regular life after Christmas or will your heart be changed?
by Dorothy Conant Stroud
As Joseph knocked upon his door
The keeper of the inn came out,
And heedless of the woman’s plight,
His answer left no chance for doubt.
“No room,” he said, and closed the door;
“There is no room for you to stay;
“No room,” we answer when Christ knocks
Our hearts uncaring, still, today.
No room for him in busy hours,
No room amid life’s throng;
No room for Christ, the light, the hope,
The giver of life’s song!
No room for Him! How can we go
Unheeding, careless still,
When all of heaven would rejoice
To do His blessed will?
No room! May our repentant hearts
Respond this day and hour,
That Christ, the King of glory may
Come in His mighty power!
“No room,” again we shall repeat —
“No room for aught but Him!”
Then oh, the glory we shall know
Which cannot wane or dim!
Lord Jesus, help me to open my heart to you this Christmas. I desperately want to make room for you. Remove from my heart any and all obstacles that would keep me from fully being present to the miracle of your birth. Amen.