Open me

There are certain moments in life when time seems to stand still. It’s when something really significant is happening and the usual routine of daily life is disrupted.

One of these times is the birth of a child. Another is the death of someone we deeply care about. And I think that Christmas is one of those times as well.

Time seems to stand still, and we humans are somehow more receptive to hearing from God.

Starting on Christmas Eve, a lot of people get some time off of work or school, the normal routines of life are set aside, and for a short time we honour annual traditions that draw our hearts and minds back to the birth of the World Saviour.

With that in mind, I know many of you will be going to a special church service on the evening of Christmas Eve. But to truly make the most of it, I want to encourage you to mentally seize the new “space” that Christmas creates—that once-a-year kind of space—and open yourself to how God might use that moment to speak his powerful truth into your life.

It doesn’t have to do with whether or not people get along, or whether all your plans do (or don’t) come together, or with how good or bad the preacher is, or whether all the right notes or songs get played.

It has to do with a mental readiness—an openness—to how God might use that moment to speak his powerful truth into your life.

As Mary and Joseph arrived at Bethlehem, they found there was “no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).

Today, the inn is every human heart.

Are you open to God speaking his powerful truth into your life? Or are you closed?

“Dear God,
As I approach Christmas Eve,
open me.
Chip away the accumulating cynicism of the year past,
and truly open me to receive your powerful truth in my life.
In the name of the One who saves the world,
and who also saves me,
Amen.”

By Matthew Ruttan

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