And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place in the guest room. Luke 2:7
“and they shall name him Immanuel”, which means, “God is with us.” Matt 1:27
Is your Christmas tree up yet? Ours will be making its entrance this weekend, and as I write, I’m sitting next to the empty corner I’ve prepared for its arrival. Our family have lived in many places over the years, and while what passes for a Christmas tree has varied, some form of decoration that captures the anticipation of gathering to celebrate continues to be a meaningful rhythm for us. There’s just something about getting ready.
Perhaps you’re part of a church community where candles, readings, art or music are part of your tradition of advent reflection and preparation? The liturgical year can offer us a wonderful sense of being on a journey together with Jesus-followers all over the world as we’re reminded of the birth of Immanuel, God with us … We seek to make room in our hearts and our gatherings for the presence of Christ, as God extends to us divine hospitality in coming to dwell among us.