When I think about Christmas, one of the first things that
Christmas is one of my favorite days of the year, primarily because it is spent with my extended, and slightly crazy, family.
It’s the one time that all of my cousins are together, and can all gather around the table and eat together.
One of my favorite Bible stories comes from Luke 7 when a Pharisee invites Jesus into his home for a meal. Jesus enter the home, reclines at the table, when all of a sudden a woman bursts into the home.
While crying, the women begins to clean Jesus’ feet with an alabaster flask of ointment, her tears falling onto his feet.
Despite what traditions or social laws of that day said, Christ was able to welcome the women into the home, and make her feel welcome.
When the Pharisees objected, Jesus rebuked them, telling them: “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little,” (Luke 7:47).
He then turned to the woman, saying: “Your sins are forgiven…Your faith has saved you; go in peace,” (Luke 7:48-50).
Instead of telling the women to leave, he welcomed her.
Instead of making her feel out of place, he comforted her.
Are there people that you know that need a seat at your table?
This may mean that you literally invite new faces to join you at your table this Christmas, or it may be more figurative, meaning that you experience a heart change, where you start to value the souls and hearts of others more.
Whether you literally invite someone to celebrate the holidays with you, or you figuratively open your heart to someone new and different, use this season to remember the table that has already been set for all of us.
If the Lord that we love and follow places aside a seat for them, then we should do the same thing.
With you always,
TODAY’S PROMPT —
Is there someone you should invite to your table this Christmas? Or is there someone that you should open your heart to? Today I challenge you to reach out to one person, simply showing them that you are there for them.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING —
“One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.” Luke 7:36