“She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7b
No room. No vacancy. I still remember when as a child, my family took a trip to the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls. The excitement of the day was fading with the sun as we turned away from the Falls. In this pre-internet trip, my parents thought we could drive just a little further to find overnight lodging for our family.
Mile after mile (kilometer after kilometer) passed by and every hotel and roadside motel displayed this sign—No Vacancy. It wasn’t until about 2:00 in the morning that we finally found a motel with room for us.
Perhaps you have your own story of “no room”. Sometimes it’s more than a no vacancy sign at a hotel. Sometimes there’s “no room” for us at that gathering or party or in a group. Sometimes others forget to make room for us at the table of belonging.
One of my favorite events at the Seminary is the Christmas Around the World Potluck Dinner organized by the Student Senate. True to its name, we enjoy delicious food from around the world seasoned by Christmas traditions from these diverse places. A Chinese student choir is followed by a Korean choir, which is followed by an Indonesian choir. Pictures from Nigerian Christmas celebrations are echoed by a steel drum played by a student originally from Trinidad. A faculty member teaches us a haunting Huron carol from Canada while another reads the Christmas story in Greek. It is a smorgasbord of songs, skits, and stories from God’s wide world that He so loves.
But what I appreciate most in this gathering of food, fellowship, and faith is that we make room for one another, and everyone has a place at the table.
Luke 2 paints the poignant picture of Jesus Christ coming to a world where there was “no room” for him. Yet this story unfolds the Christmas message of great joy that our God, through Jesus Christ, is making room in his kingdom of Good News for ALL people.
Thank you for partnering with Calvin Seminary as we make room for men and women who are preparing to be preachers, teachers, and missionaries of the gospel.
Thank you for partnering with Calvin Seminary as we make room by developing distance education, prison ministry, and a Hispanic ministry program.
Thank you for partnering with Calvin Seminary as we make room for over 300 students from 23 different nations—each with a unique call to follow Jesus and serve His Church around the world.
May the Good News of Christmas be yours – now and always!