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Room in My Heart
Today’s Reading: Romans 10:6–13


‘The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim.
(v. 8 NIV)


It was the moment I anticipated after a busy week preparing the house for Christmas. I settled into my chair to drink in the perfection. My treasured silver crèche (from Jerusalem, no less) caught my eye. It shimmered in the soft light, with shepherds and wise men, sheep and camels placed strategically around the holy family. I focused on Mary and Joseph bending over the manger, and then noticed something was missing—the baby Jesus!

How could I miss the unintended object lesson? In the feverish crush of holiday activity—buying and wrapping presents, writing and sending cards, baking and decorating cookies, and, of course, trimming the house—it was and is all too easy to lose focus of the true meaning of Christmas. It is God’s incomparable gift, heaven come down in the form of a baby.

Missionary Lilias Trotter presented the essentials of the Christian faith to Sufi mystics, explaining Jesus’s claim to be “the living bread that came down from heaven” (John 6:51): “In daily life we all need bread. It is needed by the gray-haired and the children, by the rich man in his castle and by the poor man in his tent, in all lands and in all ages. So Christ came to satisfy the spiritual needs of every race and of every period of time. . . . All the longing of your heart after light and love and life can be met by opening your heart and letting Him in.”

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus. There is room in my heart for thee!

A Blossom in the Desert
by Miriam Huffman Rockness
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