Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Luke 2:1-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 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.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
Joy to the world the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing.
Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus gives us the reason Jesus was born in a stable where animals were sheltered and placed in a feeding trough for his bed. There was no room for them in the “inn,” better translated—as in the Common English Bible—“guestroom.” Maybe this better translation of the Greek brings it closer to home for us. After all, very few people are innkeepers but most of us have a place where guests can sleep.
The same question has echoed down through the ages: Do we still have problems finding a space for Jesus to occupy? Is there a place for him in our lives, in our homes, and in our hearts?
Today, on this Christmas Day 2020 that is certainly different from any other, may we prepare room in our hearts and lives for Jesus to be at the center.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster