Sorry, There’s No Room – Sorry, No Time Either – You’re Not On The List, Sorry!

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I have a confession to make (This usually grabs most people’s attention!). My friend Holly and I watched Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding on TV, on July 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey, in London. It was a pre-meditated act which took some planning. Because Holly is a “night worker” I DVRed the morning wedding, so that we were able to watch it together when she woke up in the mid-day. I have to admit, I watched it out of curiosity. We both wanted a glimpse of how “the other half” lived. While we watched, we used my hymnal to look up the hymns that were sung throughout the ceremony. It was a very “Christian” wedding, with beautiful hymns sung by the boys’ choir and the homily given by the Archbishop of Canterbury was about God’s love being the example of how a man and a woman are to love each other as man and wife. The service was quite lovely. Prince William was dashingly handsome and Princess Kate was beautifully stunning. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were regal and proud grandparents of the groom. Everyone was dressed “to the nines.” After the wedding, there was a parade from the Abbey to the palace, with hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets to get a glimpse of the newly married royal couple. Many more thousands waited outside the palace balcony for Prince William and Princess Kate to come out and wave at them. It was a day for England to celebrate and rejoice. Both Holly and I agreed that it was nice to watch happy news on TV for a change.

In 2013, there was more joyful news coming from across the sea. Prince William and Princess Kate were expecting their first child. Just as in the royal wedding, all the stops were pulled and no amount of money was too much in insuring the best of care for Princess Kate and her unborn child. The best medical staff of doctors and nurses and the best hospital in England, with the best medical equipment and know-how were used in the pre-natal, peri-natal and post-natal care of both Princess Kate and baby. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born on July 22, 2003, in the best of circumstance possible, as most babies of royalty are. Once again, throngs of people from the British Isles and around the world waited to see their first glimpse of the baby boy, who may be England’s king one day.

2nd Sunday in Advent

(This is my Advent Wreath om my dining room table)

On the Second Week of Advent, two purple candles on the Advent Wreath are lit. Along with the Prophesy Candle, the Bethlehem Candle is lit. The Bethlehem Candle tells us a story of an entirely different couple expecting a Child. This Child who was born over two thousand years ago was already the Prince of Peace and the King of kings, even before He was born, but not many people seemed to know about His arrival or even cared. The Story goes like this:

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“In the sixth month [of her relatives Elizabeth‘s pregnancy], God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendent of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.’ ‘How can this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.’ ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her” (Luke 1:26-38).

“This is how the birth of Jesus came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband [to be] was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had it in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins’” (Matthew 1:18-21).

Jesus, Mary, Joseph

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world…And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 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 room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:1-7).

During the First Week of Advent, we learned of two prophesies being fulfilled:

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The VIRGIN WILL BE WITH CHILD and give birth to a son. And will call Him IMMANUEL [which means GOD WITH US]” (Isaiah 7:14).

During the Second Week of Advent, we learn of another prophesy being fulfilled:

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among your clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me One who is Ruler over Israel, whose origins are from ancient times [from days of eternity]” (Micah 5:2).

baby jesus in manger

The Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, our Immanuel, God with us, left His Heavenly Throne, to become one of us. He was born the baby of a poor young woman who was engaged to a poor man himself. Neither had any worldly riches or earthly prestige. Yet, God chose these two common people to bring His One and Only Son into this world as a baby. Both were afraid and did not understand what would become of them. Yet, both Mary and Joseph obeyed God’s call, even if it meant their lives would be turned up-side-down. This tiny, helpless infant needed a mother’s tenderness and a father’s protection. Instead of a palace in Jerusalem and a soft crib and warm blanket, the Baby Jesus was born in a cattle barn and was laid in a manger filled with straw, with only shredded cloths to protect and warm Him.. This Baby grew up, from these humble beginnings, to teach us what true humility and unconditional love is all about. Jesus practiced what He preached. His friends were the poor, the crippled, the disenfranchised, sinners and tax collectors. Jesus came for those who needed Him most. Jesus came for you and for me, to teach us how to live for God and how to die to selfishness. Jesus was born to show us, the little people, how much God loves us. He was born to die for our sins, so that we might live to love God, to love each other, and to live with Him for all eternity. The best Christmas present comes from a little town, wrapped in torn up cloths and lying in a tiny little box. May we all make room for Him in our hearts this Advent Season and always.

Jesus' Baptism

(Jesus teaches us about humility and love through His teachings and by His Life. Here are some examples: Matthew 3:13-17 and 5:1-12 and 12:7-14 and 20:25-28 and 23:37-39; Luke 14:1-24 and 15:1-31 and 19:1-10 and 21:1-4 and 22:25-30, 39-51; Mark 8:1-1-8 and 9:33-37 and 12:28-34; John 13:1-5.)

jesus on the throne

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness or compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:1-11).

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Dear Jesus,

In this busy season in which we have parties to attend, presents to buy, concerts to go to and, yes, church activities to enjoy, I pray that I will spend alone time with You. Forgive me when You are not at the top of my to-do list. I pray that You will change my will and my priorities to be Your will and priorities for my life. Help me to give the little gifts of kindness, tenderness, comfort and caring to those I see everyday. The little things that take a little time to notice and “do to others as [I] would have them do to [me] (Matthew 7:12); that is what is the most important to You. Thank you for being our Immanuel. Thank you for the unfathomable sacrifice you made for us. During this Advent Season, teach us how to be more like You; in the way You trusted Your Heavenly Father; in the way You loved and served others, both great and small. Help me to always make room for You in all that I do and say and think. I pray these things in Your Holy Name, Jesus! Amen.

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Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
By Emily E. S. Elliott

Thou doest leave Thy throne
And Thy kingly crown
When Thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home
There was found no room
For Thy holy nativity.
O come to my heart Lord Jesus
There is room in my heart for Thee!

Heaven’s arches rang
When the angels sang,
Proclaiming Thy royal decree;
But of lowly birth didst Thou come
To earth,
And in great humility.
O come to my heart Lord Jesus
There is room in my heart for Thee!

Thou camest, O Lord,
With the living word
That should set Thy people free;
But with mocking scorn
They bore Thee to Calvary.
O come to my heart Lord Jesus
There is room in my heart for Thee!

When the heavens shall ring
And the angels sing
At Thy coming to victory,
Let Thy voice call me home
Saying, “Yet there is room –
There is room at My side for thee.”
My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
When Thou comest and
Calles for me!

On the Third Sunday of Advent, three candles will be lit on the Advent Wreath: the purple Prophecy Candle, the purple Bethlehem Candle and the rose colored Shepherd’s Candle (See Luke 2:1-20). There were a handful of people who knew about the birth of Christ. We will meet some of them next time. The “Advent-ure” continues!

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3 thoughts on “Sorry, There’s No Room – Sorry, No Time Either – You’re Not On The List, Sorry!

  1. Thank you Lydia for the Advent stories, it is always nice to be reminded about the many Gifts that God has given us. Felix

  2. Lydia, I’m a friend of Linda S. I heard you speak at the retreat for women with disabilities back in 2002, and found you wonderfully articulate. Recently, I asked Linda to send me a link to your blog. I wasn’t disappointed!

    My blog has a fairly good following, so I’m doing a post to promote your blog in order to boost your readership. Your blog deserves attention, for it truly honors the Lord Jesus Christ.

    • Hi Debbie, Thanks so much for reading my blog and for passing it on to others. Glorifying God and helping others to see His love for them is the reason for my blog. It’s extremely encouraging to know that God is helping me to do that, by the feedback I am getting. I’ll be checking out your blog too. -Lydia

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