“…to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11 NRSV
I think this statement was more reassuring to the shepherds that anything else the angel could have told them. God’s anointed is born today in the city where someone just like you came from! Again, we must remember that the angel didn’t say this baby was born in the town of Bethlehem but that this child was born in the city of David. This is where David’s roots, the kingdom roots are. This is not Jerusalem where David built the royal palace or even God’s own holy of holies. This is the little town of farmer and shepherds, the place where the simple folk live. God thinks so much of these shepherds, that God has chosen their hometown, their humble beginnings as the place to begin God’s Kingdom.
And God thinks so much of you that God wants to be born in your heart. Simple, direct, to the point. God wants to be where you are, where you live, where you work. Begin now, today, and invite God in completely in your heart. Don’t hold back, don’t make excuses, and don’t even make a list of resolutions. Just say yes and let God take hold this day.
God, I invite you in to my heart completely, without my usual reservations. I say yes and surrender completely this day. Amen.
Copyright 2008 Amelia G. Sims