There was no room for Jesus at the inn. We all know how the story unfolds from years of singing Christmas carols and we know all about the donkey and shepherds.
This year I’ve been thinking a lot about there being no room at the inn.
In my work I spend a lot of time in other people’s homes and it always feels good to be made welcome.
Giving and receiving hospitality is one of the ways that we show we value each other.
During the recent floods there was a wonderful pulling together and of all nationalities helping one another and offering hospitality, quite literally inviting people in to the safety and warmth of our homes.
But for Mary and Joseph, who were far from home, there was nowhere to stay, no room to be had.
Each Christmas we celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus and, in a sense, we make space in our hearts for the coming of the Christ child.
As we prepare for Christmas we are getting ready to welcome Jesus into our lives, making space for him to rest with us.
This Christmas is an opportunity for all of us to begin life afresh and to look to a future filled with hope and renewal.
God longs for our lives to be filled with love and joy. Make a place in your life for Jesus this Christmas and let God lead you to his hope filled future.