I don’t know about you, but come this time of year, when everything is so busy and presents are bought though maybe not wrapped (I raise my hand here), I tend to second guess the gifts I’ve purchased for others and wonder if they are enough.
As I sat by our wood stove this morning praying and working in this devotional I got for Advent, this prayer rose up in me. I thought if anyone else felt this way, maybe it would resonate and give you some peace.
Oh my Lord my God, let my heart rest in you today.
I am tired and just a little weary, and I do not want to be, I want to be joyful.
And then I think about you Mary, and how you must have been so physically exhausted from your long journey to Bethlehem while nine months pregnant, and after finally arriving … no room at the Inn!! You had no civilized place in which to birth your child, the Lord of our world. It seemed so cruel.
And yet you were filled with joy at His birth.
I do not know how Christmas morning will go. Will my children all feel filled and contented or will there be some disappointed hearts when they see a humble manger/not the present they wanted instead of the palace the Christ child was expected to be born in/the treasures of their boyhood dreams?
But of all the places you could have chosen Lord, the manger dark and earthy, is what you chose.
Let me have peace in our manger/the home we have to provide, and know that what we have is more than enough.
Give me eyes to see a humble manger as the glorious throne of God that it is and to know that if it was good enough for You Lord, then what we have is more than enough for us.