Second Sunday of Advent
Day 2. December 2, 2019
Nativity Companion: The Innkeeper
God of invitation. Might we hear your voice and whispered invitation to be and become more of your people who are neighbors to all. Come and enter our hearts and lives, Emmanuel. Amen.
Scripture. Luke 1:8-12
Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. Now at the time of the incense offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him.
Sometimes you open your door and you welcome gifts unknown and uninvited.
To make space can be uncomfortable, it often asks more of us than we want to give. But sometimes you do it anyway, because you know it’s your part to contribute to the community.
How do I know this? Well, in your story I am the innkeeper, but truly I was more of a forced Airbnb host. The census was happening, and homes were overflowing. So what else could I have done?
We were packed to the gills in my house when Mary and Joseph knocked at my door. She was pregnant, so what — was I going to refuse them room?
Sometimes you open the door and you welcome gifts unknown and uninvited. It asked more of me than I thought I had to give, but we had more space in our home, we had food, we had enough.
And so I opened the door and invited them in because sometimes God shows up at your door and in saying, “Yes,” you welcome gifts unknown, and though uninvited… they turn out to be exactly what you need in order you might become more fully human.
Questions for Consideration:
Oh God, thank you for your profound welcome of us. Might we likewise be a people who welcome others into our homes and lives that they might have shelter and safe haven. AMEN.