Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
A knock on our door on Christmas Eve. We opened the door to a couple, the woman obviously very pregnant. Our parsonage and church, where they often worshiped, were just two blocks from Yale New Haven hospital. But the hospital said there was no place for them there; the woman’s labor had not progressed enough.
Since they were far from home – 45 minutes up the Connecticut turnpike – they asked if they could come in. What should they do? Drive back home in the dark ? But there was no hospital there. We invited them to stay the night. God would make room for them in our parsonage.
Who will be outside your door Christmas Eve, or any night? Who in the dark world needs shelter, clothing, and food? There is the Christ. Do you see Jesus?
Prayer: Come Lord Jesus, be our guest. Amen.
Deaconess Norma Cook Everist, Mason City, IA