I Peter 2:4-5 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
I Peter 2:5 “…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” but where does Advent fit? I went through a period when I’d walk every day. That was the time I’d spend with God. Each of those days I’d pick up a pebble to put in a jar when I got home. I guess I was building my own little altar of undressed stones. These were gathered more for function than beauty but that function was important. They were stones of my Spiritual house. They were my reminder of having offered my time to make room for Jesus in my life.
That last phrase is what triggered my connection to Advent today. Remember this? …”There was no room for them in the inn.” That part of the Christmas story still hurts a bit when I read it. An exhausted mother-to-be, a worried father-to-be and no room. Isn’t it just like God to figure out a way to use that Christmas story, year after year to touch something deep within us? The words inspire our hearts to imagine just how basic that reality was for them and then to experience this incredible truth within us; we really DO want there to be room for Jesus. That’s Advent!