Touching Others This Holiday Season
Few would doubt that there is just something uniquely special about this time of year. There is something
wonderful about a season that begins with a focus on giving thanks and then folds into the joy of
Christmas. But have you ever wondered what is it about Christmas that “touches” people? Is it the lights
and decorations? Is it the family gatherings? Is it the shopping? Many might list some of these things or
others. Sadly, most have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas or the actual story behind this season.
Today, we live in a society that is fixated on making this a secular holiday—basically on removing Christ
This surely is NOT the case for the faithful. We have been “touched” by the Lord Jesus in some many
profound ways. Our devotion to Him must “outshine” this season as well as “outlive” it. Our goal is to
celebrate Him every day! So how can we share this with others? How can we demonstrate how Jesus has
“touched” us, especially during the holiday season?
In Luke, chapter 2, we have one of the most familiar bible verses for this time of year. Concerning the
birth of our Lord, verse 7 tells us — “And she brought forth her first born Son, and wrapped Him in
swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” In this
verse, we see one way we can extend ourselves to others. It is simply by following the example of the
innkeeper. For you see, Christmas is a time … to make room for others.
Mary and Joseph arrive in Jerusalem for the census. But when they arrive, all the hotels are booked solid.
There is no room. This would be a stressful situation anyway let alone to a woman about to give birth.
The innkeeper could have just informed them of the lack of room and turned them away. Yet, he took
one more step. They were accommodated in a stable (a common area behind an inn of that time where
the animals of travelers were kept). He made room for them.
Many people this Christmas season will face more than their share of “no vacancy” signs. This season
can have the unfortunate effect of highlighting the loneliness many feel. They will watch others gather
with friends and family and long for a circle to be part of. During Christmas, while there may be much
peace and goodwill, there is also more than enough rejection to go around.
This is where we (God’s people) come in. Let’s make room for others this Christmas. Let’s extend to
them the warmth and love of Christ and watch God birth hope and joy in their hearts. This is not a season
to shut the world out but to invite them in. After all, the truth of Christmas centers on Jesus extending
Himself to all of us by leaving heaven and becoming that little baby. What an opportunity we have to, in
a sense, provide rest for someone who has been told all too often “there’s no room for you here.” A full
inn must have kept the innkeeper busy, yet he “found the time” to “make room” and it helped bring forth
a life – and as it turned out a very special life!
This can work in our lives as well. Let’s purpose during this holiday season to make room for others.
Let’s allow Jesus to work through us to touch someone this Christmas with His love and then watch Him
create in them something special that last long after the decorations are put away!
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