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We Are Welcomed With Open Arms

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”

– Luke 2:6,7

Let’s continue contemplating the historic journey of Mary and Joseph, the parents-to-be in the small village of Bethlehem. In yesterday’s devotion, I shared the conditions that Mary and Joseph had to endure on their notable trek that would have taken them between four to seven days to complete. Although they were in the desert, it would have been very cold at night. In addition, Mary was very pregnant and ready to give birth to Jesus. Because of the census, everyone had made their way to Bethlehem and every inn was full to capacity.

As they made their way in search of shelter, I thought about their inquiry of the innkeeper who had no idea the magnitude surrounding the travelers knocking at his door. Do you ever feel so overwhelmed when you’re crazy busy that when something unexpected happens you can’t dig deep enough to lend a helping hand? This would have been the night to do just that. The innkeeper had to tell a woman about to give birth that he didn’t have a room. Could he have given up his room?

Friend, picture this innkeeper as a dedicated Jewish man who prayed every day and lived to a ripe old age. After he died peacefully and reached the pearly gates, he realized the one he turned away was Jesus’ mother. I know with certainty that Jesus welcomed him with open arms. It’s good news that we serve a God who doesn’t hold grudges. The first thing we learn from Christmas is that God loves us and forgives us right where we are. Let’s always remember to extend this grace and forgiveness to our neighbors.

Prayer


Father, help me release and forgive all grudges.

Reflection


Are you experiencing God’s forgiveness and love this Christmas season?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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