Unspeakable Joy Devotional

29-November

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Prepare Him Room. The day after Thanksgiving is the day we traditionally will start to think of the Christmas season. We will purchase our tree today and decorate our home. Every year, the scene is the same: In November, I’m driving somewhere, flipping through radio stations and suddenly, Christmas music is waiting through my speakers.

And, every year, my response is similar. I’m not ready to think about Christmas. It’s too early. So, I switch stations and put it out of my mind. Can you relate to that feeling?

Though the holiday season can be stressful, the four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, also known as Advent, is a great time to set aside a bit of space each day to ready our hearts for Christmas-the entrance of Christ into the world.

The real Christmas was nothing like the Christmas we’ve come to know, with its traditions, memories, and legends. It was a desperate moment that occurred for a desperate reason. The Word became flesh John 1:14 “And the Word as made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” so that the Word could become sin for us condemned sinners, and die for us that we might be made righteous in him 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” He was born outside a village and he died outside a city. John 1:10 “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

As Advent season begins again, call to mind the only detail the Holy Spirit, who inspired Luke’s writing, decided to provide us about the actual birth of Jesus: Mary had to lay him in a manager because there was no room for them in the inn.

It is no less ironic that Jesus can stand on the periphery of our busy Advent activities than it was that he, the Son of David, lay in a manager in a field on the periphery of the city of David.

Therefore, as we plan our Advent season “let every heart prepare him room.” Surely we can find some room somewhere.

Pray and ask God how you can best prepare your heart to celebrate the entrance of His Son into the world. May your heart be captured by the ultimate gift-Jesus-this Advent season.

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