Manger: Making Space for God
-Pastor Melissa Fain-
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jeremiah 31:33 NRSV
Did you know that God can meet us any time and any place? God is not limited by a building or schedules. God can meet us in the car on the way to practice, in our school or work, even while cleaning up messes. Isn’t that amazing? God is not limited.
But we are. We can’t be at two places at once. We can’t magically snap our fingers and be someplace that’s thousands of miles away. We have limits. That’s why we need to be purposeful about setting aside time and space to meet God.
But why? If God can meet us anywhere and anytime, why do we need to set aside our time and space to meet God? God wants us to take action.
Think of it this way: Think of a close friend. Imagine that friend always came and visited you and took time for you. That would feel special. It would also be important for you to make time and space for that friend. Yes, it’s great that you are given time by your friend, but you must also give time to your friend in return.
The manger, where Jesus was born, was a space made for God. We call it sacred. It wasn’t covered in jewels or gold. It probably didn’t even smell nice. It was just a space that became special because it was a purposeful place set aside for us to meet God. The manger is a reminder we make space to meet God.
Question: Where and when do you make time for God?
Prayer: Dear God, today we stop and make time to learn about you. Amen.
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