Making Room at Christmas

Making room for others at Christmas
When baby Jesus was born, scripture says there was no room for him at the inn, that he came into the world and was placed in a manger. Some speculate he was born in a stable or barn where animals were kept. Others think it was more of a cave. Regardless, there was a place for him and I love that part of the story because it’s a practice my family has embraced for as long as I can remember. Making room for people with no place to go.

Rarely would a Christmas pass by where someone from outside our family wasn’t at our house for the celebration. The single guy from Trinidad from my father’s office, the widdowed neighbor women, our pastor and his wife who were far from family, our mailman and his wife, a family from Puerto Rico, and eventually my friend’s from college who couldn’t make it home for the holidays. My parents always made room and welcomed guests as family around our table; it was beautiful, restorative fellowship.

Who can you make room for in your home for this Christmas and this coming year?

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  • Deborah Penner December 23, 2013, 9:46 pm

    Good choice, beautiful Alysa … to be still and let it all be. This is the season for be still and know … for making room in that stillness for what is and what flows out of that …
    Thank you for the gift of your presence in my life … so much goodness …

    Much love

    • Alysa January 9, 2014, 9:43 pm

      It was definitely a month of stillness.

      I’m so glad you appreciate our friendship – because I do too.

      Love to you as well!

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