Contributed by: Julie Steck
Joy to the world
The Lord has come.
Let Earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing…
The song played on the radio as I drove to the next place on my holiday to-do list. As the melody danced around in my head, I joined in, passively singing along with the familiar words. The words flowed easily, but with my thoughts on the road, I was not pondering the meaning wrapped up in that Christmas carol. Suddenly, a phrase caught my attention.
“Let every heart prepare Him room…”
Mentally, I switched around a few words to help translate it better into my style of English.
“Let every heart prepare room for Him.”
I know what it means to prepare room for something. For six months, Adam has filled every spare inch of time adding another room onto our house. We needed more room. And there was much to prepare! Supplies to buy, tools to gather, batteries to charge, plumbers and electricians to schedule...
"Joy to the World" reminded me to also prepare room for my King. He came for me, that I may receive Him with true Joy.
I didn’t put up a Christmas tree in my living room until yesterday because there was no room. Piles of papers, books and office supplies are stacked and shoved in every corner, awaiting transfer to the new room. My stomach cringed at the thought of adding one more thing to the already overcrowded living room. And a Christmas tree, with all its decorations and gifts isn’t a small thing. There was just no room and I couldn’t force it on top of everything else.
Yesterday, we cleared enough stuff out that the living room had breathing space again. I could finally put up the tree without holding my breath. We made room. Now, it sits beautifully in a corner by the window, with a few carefully wrapped packages from my daughter adorning the base.
The gift from Heaven, wrapped in swaddling cloths and placed in a manger, doesn’t have to have a special box to go in. It doesn’t need a perfect corner, or a perfect household, but it does beckon us to make room in our hearts to receive such a gift.
Here at Ameristall horse barns, we delight in building your dreams. We want to give you the gift of a quality product executed with integrity all year long.
Our principles are Honor God. Build Dreams. Spread Joy.
We honor God by believing in the gift of Eternal life that was born in a manger. A barn. A Master Craftsman designed One way for His people, stained with sin to return to Him, and that’s through His Son, Jesus Christ.
This season, would you join us as we celebrate that perfect gift?
You can read more of Julie's personal stories on her blog at www.juliesteck.com.