Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sewing room, eating room, Jesus' room?

Tonight was the broadcast of the annual Christmas devotional, when each year God's prophet and other leaders in our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) share stories, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings Christmas music, and we are reminded of the meaning of Christmas. It is one of my favorite early-December traditions, and it is always an inspiring way to start off the Christmas season.

President Monson, who is the leader of the church and whom we also regard as a prophet of God, retold the story of Christmas as found in Luke 2: Mary and Joseph came to the inn, requested lodging and were turned away by the inn keeper because there was no more room. President Monson contined by saying that modern day homes have many rooms: living rooms, eating rooms, playing rooms and even sewing rooms, but do we make room for the baby born in Bethlehem who would become the Savior of the world?

I was reminded of the babe whose birth we celebrate at this time of the year, and how "making room" means in our lives to follow the example of Jesus Christ, and seek to become more generous, wise, kind and loving. It has been a reminder for us that even though we do not have a lot of material possessions, there are ways we can serve and bless other people's lives in the same way that Jesus Christ did 2000 years ago.

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