Words from the Heart for Sunday December 24th, 2017
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem… And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:4, 6-7 (NKJV)
Jesus did not arrive into a peaceful world. There was much chaos. It was not a convenient time nor a comfortable setting for Joseph and Mary. Yet the Savior was born. A miracle of God’s love happened that night in Bethlehem.
The RCMP says there’s no room for Correctional Service Canada at its training facility in Regina. Since late 2015, the corrections service has trained new guards on two floors of the RCMP Academy, Depot Division. The RCMP and Corrections Canada spent a combined $9 million to renovate that space into a “state-of-the-art” training facility for guards. However, this past July, the RCMP said they need all the space at the depot to train Mounties, so the Correctional Services training academy is being moved to Kingston, Ontario.
A few years ago I spent an entire night driving through a rural region of Eastern Europe looking for a hotel room. None were available. We finally arrived at a ministry partner’s home at 5:00 am and bunked out on a mattress on his floor for a few hours sleep. It was an exhausting night. But it was nothing compared to what Mary and Joseph faced when they finally arrived in Bethlehem. They must have been beyond exhausted and then Mary went into labour. I can’t imagine. Luke 2:4, 6-7 says, “Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem… And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” When Jesus stepped into our world, it was to exhausted parents who couldn’t find a decent room. It was a picture of how He would always be treated by the world. But there would be those who would find room for him in their hearts. On this Christmas Eve, have you?
These have been words from the heart.