“And Mary brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn.”
~Luke 2:7 (KJV)
Or as in our version….
“And Alex brought forth his favorite stuffed animal,
his Uglydoll, Poe the Green Bat,
and wrapped him in a quilt, made by Christine’s 4th grade students,
and laid him in a cardboard box, created to look like a Hot Wheels Car;
because there was only room for them in the ‘TIKI’ as Alex calls the new ‘teepee’.”
~Luke 2:7 (the Gough Version)
Merry Christmas Eve Eve…
we are having a STORM.
It is “bucketing”, as my Mom aptly labels this weather.
Even my Washington State upbringing is emotionally taxed by rainy days like this one. Getting the kids in and out of coats, gripping umbrellas blowing inside out, pushing the stroller through puddles, arriving home only to realize we had to go back out for milk….OH MY. Rain, rain, go away.
And then I realize what this weather means to so many without permanent shelter.
Lord, give everyone a warm place to be today. Thank you for libraries, shelters, soup kitchens, grocery stores & churches. May we all “open our doors” today and say, “There’s always room here.” Even Uglydolls like Poe need shelter, a warm blanket and a sense of love & belonging.