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Making Space This Christmas

“A God who quietly beckons every man, every woman to simply come, bend, make a space, receive.
This is the chronology of grace, the chronology of Christmas; before we’re called to give, we’re called to receive.
This can be the hardest. We struggle to receive. Sometimes we are better givers than getters. Grace? For me?
I don’t have to bring anything? I don’t have to make anything, produce anything, perform anything? What if someone sees…how empty I am? How I am not enough, how my gifts are not enough, how giving all I’ve got is never enough? How there are empty places in me, gaping places in me—all these hollow, starving places?
Only one thing is necessary—be a space for Love to come. You simply have to receive Love. Let yourself be loved.
Don’t let this be the gift you refuse.
Your greatest gift is not your gifts, but your surrendered yes to be a space for God.
So you let the last of the trimmings go.
Cease the pace to do, buy, produce more.
Find the calendar and erase.
Somewhere make space.” Ann Voskamp (1)

I love Ann Voskamp’s writing. It’s raw and honest, and cuts right to the point. The passage above spoke to my heart, and I hope it speaks to yours as well.

Have I, have we, made space for God this Christmas, since HE is the reason we have anything to celebrate?

Have I sat and really pondered the wonder of it all?

God sent His only Son as a tiny baby. He sent Him so we can have hope, so we are not forever lost.

Without Jesus there is no hope.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

By His wounds we are healed.

Let’s make space to thank Him, to celebrate Him, this Christmas.

Lord, as we celebrate Your birth this Christmas, keep calling to us, beckoning us to You. May we all make space in our hearts for Your love and Your grace. Help us remember that You are the gift this Christmas. Amen.

I will be taking about a month off of my writing for Christmas and New Year’s, to enjoy my family, rest, and to plan and pray about the coming year. I will start writing posts again the week of January 19th.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am so grateful for your prayers and your support. I love every one of you and I wish you blessings and peace this Christmas and into the coming year!

Source:
(1)“The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping The Full Love Story of Christmas” by Ann Voskamp. Published by Tyndale House Publishing, 2013. Pg, 223-224.

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