Preparing Room

Joy to the world! The Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room …
 

We hear the song every Christmas.  Let every heart prepare him room. 

But do we … really?

What does it mean to prepare room for him in my heart?  What does it mean … really?

How can I prepare him room when my time bank always seems overdrawn?

How can I prepare him room when my emotional reserves are running perilously close to empty?

How can I prepare him room when I’m tired and hurting and giving all I’ve got just to get it all done and keep going?

How can I prepare him room in the sameness of a day-to-day routine that threatens to squeeze out all remnants of hope and possibility?

How can I prepare him room?

Maybe by remembering that he has already prepared room for me.

He prepared room for me in my weakness.

He prepared room for me in all of my busyness and in the midst of my many distractions.

He prepared room for me in my failures and in my frailty.

He prepared room for ME.  Me as in me the way I really am, not me as in me the way I wish I were.   He prepared room for the me who is complete in him–and for the me who is still very much in process.

He prepared room for me even though he knew I wouldn’t always prepare room for him.

He prepares room for me here and now–and he has gone ahead to prepare room for all of eternity.  He’s even prepared room for me to sit with him on his throne!

Wherever I go; wherever I am; whatever the season of life–he has prepared room for me.

He’s prepared room for you, too.

So next time you realize you haven’t been preparing all that much room for him, remember that he has prepared for just such a moment.  Remember that he’s already prepared room for you

       In his heart

       In his arms

       In his kingdom

       On his throne

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3

You know the way … because he is the way. 

“So don’t let your hearts be troubled…”  instead, go to that place he’s already prepared for you. 

When you do,  your heart will find room for just a bit more of him.


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