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No Room!

 Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you.

Revelation 3:20 (NRSV)
The Bethlehem innkeeper's familiar response, "No room!" was brought closer home to me last Christmas. I was seated on the floor with my two-and-a-half-year-old son, busily writing while he worked a puzzle. Soon he tried to climb onto my lap. Clutching my notepad tighter, I nudged him away. He tried again, and I pushed him off gently. He approached me a third time, this time chanting, "No room, innkeeper! No room!" Without hesitation, I tumbled the books off my lap and scooped him into my arms. Later, I began thinking, Don't I do that to Christ, too? He is always asking for a place in my life, knocking at the door of my heart. And I am often so busy with other things -- cooking, cleaning, reading, writing, socializing -- that I respond, "No room!" to him. But just as I emptied my lap of those books to make room for my son, I resolve to empty my life of whatever prevents me from making room for Christ in my heart.



Reprinted with permission: The Upper Room 2001