Psalm 132 captures David’s desire to build “a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One.” (Psalm 132:4-5) One of the challenges in our media-saturated, 24-hour-cable-connected, Facebook-Twitter-addicted culture is to create space for God amid the constant pressure of noisy voices and chaotic events that crowd their way into every inch of space within and around us. If we don’t intentionally make space for God, our minds, hearts and lives will be crowded by other, lesser things.
During Advent we are watching, waiting and hoping for the coming of Christ. On Christmas Eve we will hear again the story of the peculiar way Christ came into a world where the only place he could find to be born was a stable. And we live in anticipation of his final coming when the whole creation will be filled with his glory. Between Christ’s coming in the past and his coming at the end of time, we are invited to make space for Christ to be born anew in our lives and in our world right now.
In a culture infected with fear, bigotry, dishonesty and old fashioned meanness, we can make space for “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
In a time when the air waves are cluttered with Twitter-chatter and politically-polarizing debate, we can choose to fill our minds instead with “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
As we prepare for the new year and General Conference, we unite with you in praying that we will find space where the Spirit of Christ can be born anew in us, in our church, and through us in the world.
May God’s love and grace fill every space in all of our lives this Christmas.
Grace and peace,