i really have written more positive things recently, but my phone hasnt been posting correctly. the followong is taken from she reads truth:
[ Had they no friends or family there to take them in? Was there no room in the marketplace or the schools, the temple or the synagogue? Why was this place with the livestock - the crudest of all possible options - the only where they could find room?
Charles Spurgeon had a theory that this was not unusual, that there is very little room in society provided for our Christ. Spurgeon wrote, “There is no space for the Prince of peace but with the humble and contrite spirits which by grace he prepares to yield him shelter.”
Sisters, that’s you. You are where He dwells.
Perhaps you have an objection to this. Spurgeon covers some common ones here:
“‘Well,’ says one, ‘I have room for him, but I am not worthy that he should come to me.’ Ah! I did not ask about worthiness; have you room for him? ‘Oh! but I feel it is a place not at all fit for Christ!’ Nor was the manger a place fit for him, and yet there was he laid. ‘Oh! but I have been such a sinner; I feel as if my heart had been a den of beasts and devils!’ Well, the manger had been a place where beasts had fed. Have you room for him?
“Never mind what the past has been; he can forget and forgive. It mattereth not what even the present state may be if thou mournest it. If thou hast but room for Christ he will come and be thy guest.”
Do you have room for Him, dear Sisters? Oh, how He longs to dwell richly in you. ]
that just spoke to me so beautifully tonight. as the whole idea of advent has spoken richly to me this year: the concept of waiting; of admitting the brokenness of earth & repenting for our hand in it; of rejoicing about the day Christ came to set right the most vital problem we had; & the anticipation that He will come again. death IS dead. but we still face it temporarily.
I find i focus most on what Christmas means for the future & less on the history aspect. then i don't forget that it also means Jesus is coming back. & He didn't set all things right the first time--granted He did THE most needed & important righting by absorbing our earned wrath & giving us opportunity for relationship with God. -but- He is also going to heal & restore ALL things one day. no more broken marriages or relationships. no more abuse. no alcoholism or violence or murder or suffering or sexual identity problems or cancer or death. all of that will cease.
& it's affects on us will somehow ONLY serve to make Jesus beautiful. shiningly so; His goodness will outweigh all our pain. & how grace will be sweet!