We’ve got snow!!! The last time Nashville, TN had accumulating snow in the month of December was in 2000. That’s a long time, y’all. The kids and I played in the snow today, drank hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, and made homemade cookies. This was Hitomi’s (our Japanese exchange student) first time to play in the snow! She was like watching a five year old. I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so hard. My checks hurt—both sets!
School is out again tomorrow. That means I need your prayers. Not only am I snowed in with three teenagers, but I’ve got writing deadlines to meet! Maybe I’ll give each one of them a devotion to write. (Smiles)
Nah, that wouldn’t work. My son say’s his brain is not on “learning mode” when he’s not at school. Have I told you how proud I am of him?
Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying the days that lead up to Christmas. There’s a lot to do—shopping, wrapping, planning, parties to attend and cards to send. Don’t you hate it when you’ve mailed all your cards and you’re able to check that off of your list. It’s like you can breathe again. Then, the next day you get card from somebody you didn’t send one to? That’s why it’s smart to have some cards left over for such an emergency.
Whatever your busy schedule looks like, I hope you’re making room for Jesus. My pastor reminded us this past Sunday that if we take away all the gifts, deserts, lights, and shopping, (you know, all the stuff we make room for) we’d still have Christmas. It would still come. Because Jesus is the reason for the season.
It reminds me of a story. A little boy was picked to play the Innkeeper for the Christmas play and the teacher wanted him to act annoyed when he said his line.
“No room! THERE’S NO ROOM HERE!”
The little boy practice and practiced his line. He wanted to be extra good because the two children playing Mary and Joseph were great actors. They always got the lead roles in each play, and he wanted to be just as good if not better.
The day of the play, the little boy did an awesome job. “No Room! THERE’S NO ROOM HERE!” he cried.
Joseph was very convincing. “Please, Sir. Don’t you have somewhere for us to stay,” he begged.
Then it was Mary’s turn. She almost cried when she said her lines. “We’ve traveled such a long way. I’m so tired.”
The little boy was so moved by Mary and Joseph’s performance, that as they turned to walk away he shouted, “Wait! You can have my room!”
What about you? Got room for Jesus this Christmas?