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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

8 December 2010: Rev'd Anderson Marsh St Mary Magdalen, Sheet

Will you find room for Jesus this Christmas?

I wonder if you have the same problem as me, trying to fit everything in you need to do, plus have time for yourself, it's not easy is it? As Christmas looms life does not get any slower in fact I think it speeds up! Before you know it its Christmas day and you're exhausted and just collapse in a big heap!

We are now in the second week of Advent, a time in the churches year when we are called to slow down and reflect on our lives and priories, one question I think we need to reflect on is 'what do I give space for in my life?'

What your response would be to this question, are the things you do life affirming or are they life destroying? Perhaps as you reflect you might choose to give up those things you do which are destroying your life, and take up something more affirming.

Maybe work rules all your waking time, you have no time for anything else, perhaps you could look for ways to give yourself time out and enjoy life a little, leaving that PDA at home and just being you?

The Gospel of Luke, Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, they kept trying all the inns but they were all full, until one kind inn-keeper allowed them to use the stable where Mary gave birth to Jesus because there was no room in the Inn.

Jesus this Advent time is knocking at your door will you offer him a home in your heart, will you give him some space, will you give him space to grow and develop, go on take a chance, have a happy Advent and a blessed Christmas.

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