“Because there was no room for him.” (Luke 2:7)
Is that not one of the saddest lines in all of the Scriptures? And, unfortunately, not much has changed in the last two thousand years. We are still too full; and I don’t mean that in a good way. Mostly, we are full of ourselves. So full of ourselves, in fact, that there is no room for Jesus.
Thus, there is a making room that is necessary. And making room for him does not happen automatically, it must be done intentionally. Choices must be made. We cannot say “yes” to everyone and everything. We must say "no" to the things that keep us from being able to say "yes" to him.
Forgive us, Lord Jesus, when we allow our lives to get so full of our own plans and agendas and pursuits and distractions that we leave no room for you. Help us to arrange our lives in such a way that busyness and hurry and rushing around are not our default mode of operation. During this time and this season, teach us how to stop and be silent and make space for you to move and speak and act. Amen.