Christmas: Day 7- The Stable

Christmas: Day 7- The Stable

Seventh Sunday of Advent

Day 7. December 7, 2019

Nativity Companion: The Stable

Opening Prayer:

God of shelter, might we remember the humble way you came into the world and, in so doing, might we be a people who are committed to shelter and life for all. AMEN.

Scripture- Luke 1:24-25

After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she remained in seclusion. She said, “This is what the Lord has done for me when he looked favorably on me and took away the disgrace I have endured among my people.”

Reflection:

Someone: “What… were you born in a barn?”

Jesus: “Well, yes, sort of.”

Someone: …. (silence)

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Why do we think that where someone is from can be an insult to lob
at them? Jesus was born within my walls. And we call him Emmanuel, God-with-us.

Maybe my humble walls are just invitations to remember how God shows up in the world.

Have you heard Gregory Porter’s song “Take me to the Alley”?

“Take me to the alley. Take me to the afflicted ones.
Take me to the lonely ones who lost their way.”

That’s how Jesus shows up in the world…in barns and in alleyways.

And no matter how earthy and humble my walls, everyone needs and deserves home and shelter. And that is what these walls provided those many years ago…

Shelter for the birth of God in our world.

God in a barn.

God desires shelter for everyone and so God came into my walls to invite us all to the barn each year, emerging from that humble beginning to then create and foster shelter for all of God’s beloved ones.

Questions for Consideration:

  • Where are you from? How might the Advent story bring you home into your first beginning in God?
  • How might you align your life more fully to commit to shelter and safety for all of our neighbors? Consider contributing to our CES food and mitten drive this year as one tangible way to be a person of shelter in God’s world.

Closing Prayer:

God, might we find our home in you. Remind us daily of how you come into the world. Bring us back to that humble stable that we might find room enough for ourselves in the story, and thus, make room for all of our neighbors. AMEN.

 

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