It was my first Greyhound trip across Canada (and might I add, my last!). A friend and I took 42 hours to get from Regina to Ottawa, spent four days there with friends, then the four of us piled in a car and headed to Montreal.
It was May long weekend. Dark. About 10pm at night and we were driving in this foreign city trying to find a random hostel I had booked online. The first bit was fun as I delighted in this new city. But the novelty wore off as we realized we were lost. We eventually found the hostel. My memory of this was that we parked in a dark alley, went in a back door, and were greeted by no one. We found “our room” and turned around and left immediately. NO WAY were we going to stay there, even if it was $25 a night!
So, we spent the next couple of hours trying to find a hotel. I would’ve taken a bathtub at that point (and I did resort to that after one friend snored the whole night I found myself with a pillow and blanket in the tub!). Many hotels were booked up. Of course – long weekend. Eventually, we did find a cheap motel and it turned into a great weekend.
It sucks to not be able to find a room. It’s hard when you’re desperate for sleep and will pay just about anything to get out of the cramped car. It sucks when you keep being turned away.
As Christmas is upon us, I hope you recall that when Jesus entered this world, there was no room for him in the inn…so he was born in a stable. Yet people still came to find Him there.
I challenge you to make room for Jesus in your hearts, your home, your relationships…And watch your life change in 2011! Even if it’s a small room at first, if that’s all you can do, make room. He wants to be with you.
IN THOSE days it occurred that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole Roman empire should be registered.
This was the first enrolment, and it was made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
And all the people were going to be registered, each to his own city or town.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused (married) wife, who was about to become a mother.
And while they were there, the time came for her delivery,
And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn.