No room for Mary being great with the Christ child to be born in Bethlehem.
That message from the first Christmas resonates for us today and reminds us to make room for others.
Here’s an example: When I was a teenager, my dad had been driving down a street when he spotted a homeless man huddled on a bus stop bench. Dad pulled the car to the side of the road and asked the man if he needed a ride. The man was trying to get somewhere, so he got in the car. As they rode, my dad asked about the man’s occupation, etc. The man was a housepainter out of work. Always reaching out to help others, my dad said he needed his house painted and asked if the man wanted the job.
The man said, “Sure,” so my dad took him to our home. They inspected the walls and talked about paint color. My dad gave the man $100 to buy paint. They made an arrangement that the man would return the next day. Then, my dad drove the painter where he needed to go.
When my dad returned home we talked about the man. In my self-absorbed teenage years I was perturbed that my dad would give the painter money when we needed it. I was sure the man would not return and my dad would never see that money again.
My dad agreed that the painter probably wouldn’t return but assured me the man needed the money more.
The man never did return but I learned a far greater lesson: It’s not so much about what we have. It’s more about sharing what we have to help others.
May we find room in our hearts to help others in their times of need.
Do you have a story to share of a family member making room for others?