(Please note that I am going to take a week off from sending Karen's Korners and will resume on December 29th. Our Australian daughter, Karen, and her family will be with us for one week over the Christmas holiday. We will be around, but in and out. Please celebrate with us and with your families Jesus' gift!)
I had the opportunity to attend the Sunday School Christmas program of our grandchildren last Sunday morning. Their story had the 'innkeeper' on trial for not finding room in his inn for Mary and Joseph. Luke (fifth grader) was the judge; Molly (third grader) was the prosecuting attorney; Noah (first grade) was part of the jury (choir). Three witnesses (i.e. a donkey) told their side of the story. The innkeeper was found 'not guilty' unanimously by the 'jury'.
My thoughts returned to the play when I received this daily inspirational thought by Max Lucado this morning.
NO ROOM IN THE INN
"Some of the saddest word on earth are 'We don't have room for you.' Jesus knew the sound of those words. He was still in Mary's womb when the innkeeper said, 'We don't have room for you.' And when He hung on the cross, wasn't the message one of utter rejection? 'We don't have room for you in this world.'
"Today Jesus is given the same treatment. He goes from heart to heart, asking if He might enter. Every so often, He's welcomed. Someone throws open the door of his or her heart and invites Him to stay. And to that person Jesus gives this great promise, 'In my Father's house are many rooms (John 14:2). We make room for Him in our hearts, and Jesus makes room for us in His house!
Dear Jesus, thank You for giving us Your Life, so that we might have life: the kind that we can't have without You. And that life you give never ends! Your love and Your gifts are amazing. We can't fully comprehend You and all You want for each one of us. Thank You. We love You. Amen.