Therefore, welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Romans 15:7
Doors offer passage and protection. They can keep people out or let them come in. When we Make Ready and invite people into our homes to share a meal or activity, or to simply spend time talking, we invite them into our hearts. Christ reached out to us, entered our world, our lives. Let us also with openness reach out to others. We have an amazing Savior to share!
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Colossians 3:12
Before he became known as St. Nick, Nicholas of Myra was a pastor and bishop in the fourth century. He was passionate about his calling and stood up for what he believed in, or rather who He believed in- Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He’s remembered for the care he brought to people. He made use of whatever resources were available to him in an effort to help those in need. When you see the coat or red, the black boots, or the floppy hat remember that you too hold the Spirit of kindness and compassion in your hearts, and you have a firm faith to share, just as St. Nick did so long ago.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God… Luke 2:13
The shepherds that first Christmas were given a rare glimpse into what heaven is. They were watching over their flocks that night, making ready for a Messiah, long ago promised and the angels came down in worship and praise. Can you even imagine? Worship, itself, is a small piece of heaven. God with us, for us, joining us together. Voices blending in songs of praise to the One who breaks into the darkness, redeems His people, who walks ever humbly, overflowing grace and truth into our lives. Oh, come, let us worship Him, Christ the Lord!