When Jesus came that first time, people were distracted by all kinds of political upheaval; taxes and counting, a lot of concern about where you came from and who your ancestors were. In all that, the birth of a child to a dislocated family wasn't a priority. "She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them."
We can probably understand why people overlooked the child but lets not make the same mistake. In the rush of the season and all of our concerns of family, city, state, and nation, let us prepare the guest room for our Lord to be born in our hearts.
It starts here, at this table, where we remember him.
Let us pray.
God, you gave us the gift of your presence in Jesus and through his teachings showed us how to live lives of service to you and others. We thank you for those gifts and for the ultimate gift of freedom from sin and death that he gave to us through his death on the cross.
We are grateful, too, for these symbols, the bread and cup, to help us remember. Now, as we take, eat, and drink, fill us again with your Spirit, that we can not only make a place for Jesus in our own hearts, but carry the Good News of his coming into our world.
In the name of Jesus, our Risen Lord, Amen.