Christmas is not a day. Christmas, rather, is an experience of God’s advent into the world, of God’s deep love for humanity.
Hopefully, we do create space and make an opening for Christ to dwell. Sometimes we make room for Christ when we open our hands to help a neighbor. Sometimes we do it when we offer a word of encouragement. We can also make room for Christ when we make time for children, or when we lay aside our own pursuits and dreams of success to help another person.
Christmas is not a day or a season, but an attitude that can shape our dreams and our outcomes.
—Todd Outcalt, Blue Christmas: Devotions of Light in a Season of Darkness (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she 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 2:6-7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Emmanuel, God who is with us, help me remember you are near every day of the year.
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