HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL-Dec. 24, 2016-THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Foster
“And she 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
The Nativity Tray is an old custom that my family has revived in recent years. The Nativity Tray highlights that while this is a magical season of plenty for some, this is still a broken world with so much suffering, so much pain and so much lack. It is a custom that pauses in the festivity — no matter how modest or how grand your celebration might be — to remember those who might not be in as good a place as you are tonight. It also reminds us that for hundreds of years, there have been lonely children, lost hounds and those who have worn chains. The meaning of the season, the message of the Christ Child is that this night is for all of us, but especially for those who stand outside the warmth and light of the celebration.
“…Legend has it that on the night of the nativity, whosoever ventures out into great snows bearing a succulent bone for a lost and lamenting hound, a wisp of hay for a shivering horse, a warm cloak for a stranded wayfarer, a garland of bright berries for one who has worn chains, a dish of crumbs for all huddled birds who thought their song was dead, and sweetmeats for little children who peer from lonely windows–whosoever prepares this simple abundant tray, ‘shall be proffered and returned gifts of such an astonishment as will rival the hues of the peacock and the harmonies of heaven.’” — Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance
Today’s Action: Make a nativity tray.
Today’s Sharing: Did you make a nativity tray? Share on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
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