A stable place sufficed

The words of the carol, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, have been buzzing around my head. In particular this verse:

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain
Heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ

How wonderfully the first and second coming of the Lord Jesus are put together by Rossetti. She pictures heaven in all its vastness being too small to hold the Lord and heaven and earth shrinking away when he comes in his glory. Yet that first Christmas, he humbled himself and came as a man, a baby, born in a stable, placed in a manager.

And here am I, an ordinary human being, a creature not the Creator. How hard I find it to humble myself in the smallest of ways.

O Father this Christmas make me more like the Lord Jesus Christ, help me to put away all thoughts about me, and put you first and foremost. In that way help me to imitate my Lord for whom ‘a stable place sufficed.’

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.

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