Christmas Guests

Empty StableI am thinking think about the guest list at the stable in Bethlehem that first Christmas night.  It was hardly a place anyone would clamor to gain entrance.  No security checkpoints for those wanting to visit the makeshift delivery room in the animal-crowded downstairs of the adobe house of some unknown Jewish family.  If you could find it, you were welcome.

Shepherds found it.  Angels announced to them in the fields they were on the guest list.  Given no one else ever invited them to anything in town—smelly and antisocial as they were known to be—this itself was remarkable.Shepherd

 God’s guest list starts with the humble and powerless and moves outward to the rich and powerful.  This is just the opposite of our typical guest list.  We invite those who are more likely to do us some good by our association with them, rather than those whom we can do some good for by their association with us.

Wise men from the East visited, too.  The expensive gifts they brought suggest they were wealthy, and likely non-Jewish Persians.  Their invitation came in the stars.  God arranged things in the heavens so the glory of Israel could be seen by anyone who looked earnestly enough for it.

Christmas FUMC Irving 2013Each year we, too, are invited to Jesus’ birthday.  If you cannot make one of this year’s Christmas Eve services I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!  If you can, please know you can come as you are.  Bring what you can, as long as it includes your heart.  I hope you can make it, heaven itself will celebrate you came.  And, you too may leave saying, Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favors!

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