This Christmas as we enjoy the good things there are to enjoy, but feel like we are slouching and struggling, the author asks: Is there room for Jesus in your inn of life? Photo Aaron Burden on Unsplash.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Many of us might be so drained that it feels like we’re just slouching towards another Christmas.
These dark and intense words from WB Yeats’ The Second Coming in many ways summarise the feeling as we approach another Christmas.
It’s been another year of uncertainty with Covid. For many individuals and societies, it’s been another year of anxiety, loss, volatility and suffering in everyday life.
Many of us might be so emotionally, physically, mentally and circumstantially drained that it feels like we’re just slouching towards another Christmas. Just as Yeats writes of “slouching towards Bethlehem” later in the same poem.
How do we overcome this feeling? This sense of despair and uncertainty? How do we overcome that this Christmas?
Well, the answer may well come from one of the most forgotten but important characters in the original Christmas story …
Before Jesus is born, Mary and Joseph seek accommodation at an inn. And the innkeeper says: “Unfortunately the inn is full, there is no room at the inn.”
There is no room at the inn.
Metaphorically, this speaks volumes for what is before every single one of us this Christmas.
Not just every Christmas but every day, God Himself is reaching out to each of us. He came into the world that first Christmas as a person in order to relate to you and me.
But again and again, all too often we say to Him: There is no room for you in the inn, there is no room for you in my life.
“In this world you will have problems. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”
When that innkeeper said there was no room at the inn, he was focused on his circumstances, on the physical capacity of his inn. He was too wrapped up in his own stresses and struggles of the day and of the season that he was going through.
What about you?
This Christmas as we enjoy the good things there are to enjoy, but sometimes feel like we are slouching and struggling, is there room for Jesus in your life?
Yes, there is always a sense of uncertainty and instability. But in and through the person of Jesus Christ, there is also always the opportunity for joy, cheer and renewal.
Jesus says: “In this world you will have problems. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Let’s not make the same mistake that that innkeeper made. Let’s remember that there is always room and always a need for Jesus Christ in our inn and in our hearts.
Have a blessed and hope and joy-filled Christmas.
This transcript was published with permission of ThinkingFaith, watch the video here. Thinking Faith invites you to think beyond the full stop; thoughtfully speaking into the questions of faith and culture.
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