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The Christmas Path by Sue Wright


               Suddenly two guests leaned out of the window and called to the innkeeper. “What is going on?”

               “I’m not sure,” the innkeeper replied, “but you may want to follow the others to the stable and see for yourselves.”

               “Perhaps we will,” they said. In a moment, they too walked down the path, holding lanterns to light their way . . .

Okay, so by now you probably have your tree up and decorated. Maybe the cat has even had a chance to topple it over a couple of times. Hope it didn’t hurt the cat! And that centerpiece of pine cones, smelly Burberry candles, and tattered plaid ribbon sitting in the middle of your dining room table? The one you’ve decided is worth another re-cycle if you can remember where you stashed the replacement candles? My advice: follow your nose. But don’t touch your nose! Not while your fingers are still sticky from trying to super glue back together that Little Drummer Boy you’ve had for fifty years. The one who marched off the mantle this morning to the rousing vibrations of Mannheim Steamroller’s, “Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum.” Hint, hint: when something is smashed to shards as that poor figure of a guy, shed a tear and move on!

I understand I sound a bit snarly but does it seem to you as it does to me, we’ve been celebrating Christmas since before Halloween! And we’re only four days into December. Which brings me to the point of this blog. We know from Scripture that Mary and Joseph didn’t make reservations before their trip to Bethlehem, and by consequence or the fulfillment of prophecy, had to spend the night in a stable. But that’s them and not us. In fact, there’s plenty of time for you and me to book rooms at the Inn. Indeed, book a room for the whole month—or what Christians around the world have come to call, the Season of Advent.

There is a picture in TCP (the Christmas Path) that partially illustrates the kind of a room I mean. It’s a cozy space with an easy chair, plenty of light, and a window. Next to the chair is a Bible and Second Baptist’s Advent Booklet, with all the verses and devotionals you’ll need to be prepared for commemorating the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas Day-- all the verses and devotionals you’ll need to throw the window wide open to what Jesus is all about. For why you’ll go on decorating the tree before Thanksgiving; re-fitting that faithful old centerpiece instead of buying a new one; and piecing together your beloved but Fractured Little Drummer Boy.

Advent isn’t that complicated, folks. The KEY is waiting!

Sue Wright