Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)

Email:   wlderber@gmail.com

 

“And she (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 (K.J.V.)

The Uninvited Christ

Dear Friend,

            There was no room for Mary and Joseph at that Bethlehem inn on that night so long ago.  So they found refuge in a stable just outside of town.  It was there that Mary “brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.”

            Thomas Merton was a Christian monk who lived in Kentucky.  He wrote more than seventy books on peace, justice, and ecumenism.  In 1966, Merton wrote the following poem:

“Into this world, this demented inn,

in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited.

But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it,

and yet he must be in it, His place is with the others for whom there is no room.

His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power,

because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited,

who are denied status of persons, who are tortured, bombed and exterminated.

With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world.”

            The world today in many ways still has no room for Jesus.  But the uninvited Christ still comes today to be with all people.  He is especially “with those for whom there is no room.”

In Christ,   Pastor Wayne