I invite you to read the story that we will share Tuesday evening, Luke 2:1-20 (click here to read). I invite you to read it not just once, but once each day for the next five days.
On day one put yourself in the place of the manager of the Bethlehem Inn that had no room for Mary and Joseph. Imagine what it would feel like to say “no” to their request to stay. Then imagine how it would feel a few days later when you hear the news about the nature of the child you had denied.
On day two marvel with the shepherds when angels come out of nowhere to tell – and sing – to you of the unbelievable. Then imagine going and telling the world what you have seen as a witness to this child’s birth.
On day three imagine you were a messenger of God – an angel. Try and feel the joy, if not the pressure, of telling unsuspecting people about the power and presence of God that is to come.
On day four put yourself in Joseph’s shoes. Live into the fear, anxiety, confusion – and yet the hope – of what you had been told in a dream is happening.
On day five attempt the impossible. Imagine being Mary. In whatever way you can, imagine what it would be like to give birth to the light of the world.
The Christmas event challenges our imagination no less than it calls upon it. May God bless our minds and spirits in these coming days; that we would enter into the challenge, and accept the call, to be full and faithful participants in God’s greatest act of love.