as today's guest blogger!
with an inspiring message for our COVID-affected world:
The lodge and the manger signify new life and new beginnings.
God has entered humanity, responding to age old pleas to have mercy and save people from sin.
The manger and lodge became the launching pad for Jesus and his Gospel of good news ministry.
The lodge and manger, for the fragile baby Jesus, turned out to be His place of comfort and security from physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental assailants.
The manger and lodge were and are a gathering place for all people of every nation, age, and value system, where they can encounter unity and find a sense of purpose.
The lodge and manger provide a source for basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, protection, companionship and much more.
The manger and lodge - physically or figuratively - become the place in our lives to which we can return periodically to refocus, to restart, to reappraise or to be “born again”.
This Christmas, think about the manger and the lodge
and their place and meaning in your own life.
Also, think outwardly to other lodges and mangers in God’s world where people walk or gather to be fed, find shelter, receive healing, and feel safe, and how you can respond to God’s presence in God’s world.
Let me suggest a Christmas exercise for you to do:
form a cradle by placing one hand on top of the other.
reflect on these words:
“Come, kneel before the radiant boy, who brings you beauty, peace and joy.”
(‘Twas In The Moon Of Wintertime)
“Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray.”
(Away In A Manger)
Thirdly, repeat several times,
“Come into my heart, Lord Jesus! There is room in my life for You.”
May this Christmas bring our own lodges and mangers
into a heightened relationship with God
and grow into new journeys and realities with other individuals in the coming year.
And on a personal note:
Helen, our family, and I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!