Word of the Month

Room for the Lord

December 2002

When Mary gave birth to her firstborn Son, the promised Redeemer, she wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, "because there was no room for them in the inn". (cf. Luke 2:7). What a tragedy: upon His entry into His earthly life, the Son of God, the King of all Kings, could find room only in a stable!

How do things look today, 2000 years after the Christmas story that was so vividly described by Luke? Is there room in our heart for God the Father and the Son, room for the activity of the Holy Spirit? We want to make room in the inn of our hearts, so that the Lord can be welcomed at all times and can feel at home there. May it never again happen that there is not enough room for the Lord!

Let us never forget that God, our Father, and thereby also His Son Jesus Christ, always have enough room for us in their immeasurable love and compassion. In the Holy Scripture we can read where God spoke to Moses: "Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock." (Exodus 33:21). This has not changed to this day. Also for us, His children, God keeps room available upon His rock. This rock is the symbol of the ministry upon which the church of Christ stands, and thereby a connotation of life, peace, safety and security. The Son of God said to the Apostle Peter: "you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18). Thereby, as Christ's congregation, we have rock under our feet, and room is made for our soul.

There is light, warmth, peace and security in His house. Here, through His Word, knowledge is imparted, joy, faith, love and hope are strengthened and renewed. In this room upon the rock that is given by the Lord we can receive everything that our soul needs to ripen and mature. Let us accept this offer of God, for this will create a structure in our souls that will enable us to have the fear of God, to love our neighbour, to prove our strength to carry on and to strive for righteousness.

Above all, our soul will feel a homesickness for our Heavenly home, and will joyfully await the coming of the Lord. Eternal life in glory with God is the room of our future!

(Excerpt from a Divine Service of the Chief Apostle)

We wish all of our readers an Advent filled with peace and a blessed joy of Christmas.