Creating Space to Receive Generosity
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. - Luke 1:46-49
Amy Cook’s reflection for yesterday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, was an inspiring culmination of everything we have been learning about practicing generosity with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. As she so beautifully described in her reflection on Elizabeth’s response to her cousin Mary, the practice of generosity involves an intentional decision to make space for others and for God.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are times when we are often filled with many emotions. If we are not mindful, it is easy to make these days all about us and our emotional needs. Amy’s reflection reminds us that there is a different choice we can make. We can be more like Elizabeth, who put her priority on making space for Mary’s emotions and creating the space for Mary to share her news.
In addition to creating space for others today and tomorrow, it is also important for us to remember to pause and create space to give thanks for God’s generosity. As we hear the Christmas story where there was no room in the inn for Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, we are again reminded to make room in our own hearts and schedules for prayer and worship this evening and/or tomorrow. In doing so, we help create the space to receive God’s gift of the birth of Jesus into our lives.
Making it personal: How will you be intentional today about creating space for the good news of others? How will you be deliberate today about creating space for the good news of the birth of Christ?
Follow along with us this Advent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.