It was Robert Frost who coined the phrase: “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
It’s a sad, sad day when you have no home to go to.
There are more people in our great land than we’d like to admit that will find themselves in this condition this Christmas; we call them homeless and their plight should be a concern for all true Christ-followers for our own Lord knew what it was like to be homeless.
For example, homeless was the condition the holy family found themselves in on that first Christmas.
“No room in the Inn” is a part of virtually every Christmas story telling.
But lest we forget why there was no room for Joseph and Mary in the Inn let me remind us: the reason there was no place for Joseph and Mary and the little child being carried in Mary’s womb was that they were not family. If they had been family a place would have been found.
Home is not about the number of bedrooms you have—you make room for family.
Home is not about whether or not you can afford to house one more member—you just put a little more water in the soup and press on.
Home is not about convenience or whether or not you like someone or approve of someone; home is about family—people tied together through blood and covenant marriage.
You forgive, you bite your tongue, you stretch your few dollars to make ends meet, you find a way to make it work—because family matters, because being a part of the family is enough; doors open, people slide over and make room, people put themselves out…for family.
That’s what Christmas is all about—God finding a way for us to get home.
Never let it be said, that in your home, there’s no room in the Inn for all your family, come Christmas.
For Christmas is about second chances and starting over.
And sometimes that’s the gift we need to give family.
John 1:11-13 (NKJV)
11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.