Vagabonds aren’t always confident about where they belong.
This year, my family and I are homeless.
I feel displaced, and a bit unsettled; but not necessarily restless.
We are staying in a borrowed back room with family;
and I can’t help but be overwhelmed at how much more I understand the depth of sacrifice
that Mary and Joseph and Jesus made.
Despite their kinsman living in Bethlehem, they were not offered a guest room; but
instead were bedded down in a rustic place a bit outside of the “acceptable community” in
order to possibly avoid the stigma of appearances.
After all, Mary was about to deliver a baby; before she married Joseph.
Their families chose their religious appearances over intimacy with their Savior.
How often have I been guilty of the same?
For the last few years, we have given our kids 3 gifts…because a friend from church explained their family’s tradition of the same; “Since the wise men brought three gifts to Jesus for his birthday, so our kids can receive what Jesus received.”
We thought it was a good, spiritual idea.
This morning, though, I remembered a few things.
1st, the wise men arrived when Jesus was a couple years old. Ergo, He didn’t receive three gifts upon his birth.
2nd, shepherds came in from the elements to celebrate the birth of Jesus…in the place where the religious were afraid to go.
Therefore, to allow our children a fully Biblical Christmas experience, being homeless is the closest that they have ever come to living as Christ lived. Technically, they received more than Christ did since He had to wait a couple years before the wise men arrived with his gifts.
My point is that if you feel displaced by the church, if you feel like a vagabond of Christmas, if you feel like the religious reality of today holds no place for you, if you feel isolated, and cast aside, and like you just can’t feel at home anywhere; you have experienced the true intimacy of Christ. He has lived it, too. He is right with you in this and you are NOT alone.
You may have three gifts, or 1 gift, or no gifts at all.
You may have a home, or be homeless.
You may be alone physically,
BUT YOU ARE NEVER ALONE SPIRITUALLY.
IMMANUEL MEANS “GOD WITH US”.
May our eyes be forever opened, may our hearts be changed to receive the first gift of Christ’s birth; HIM. May He always be enough.