Making Room For the Important Things

Sometimes our minds are like computers.  When we are trying to enjoy those special moments in life, a message appears, “No more room. Temporary files too big, need to delete.”

Sometimes our minds are like computers.  When we are trying to enjoy those special moments in life, a message appears, "No more room. Temporary files too big, need to delete." When I complained to my friend about not having enough room on my computer, she showed me how to delete and transfer files to free up room for the important...
When I complained to my friend about not having enough room on my computer, she showed me how to delete and transfer files to free up room for the important things I needed most.

The phrase, “There is no room in the Inn,” became very real to me when I was invited to a friend's home in south Texas to share in their family’s Christmas Posada, a Spanish, word for "inn," and the Posadas Navideñaswhich recall events leading up to the Nativity of Jesus.

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This religious festival is a centerpiece of the celebration of  Christmas traditions in Mexico  and some parts of the United States. It is a reenactment, shared in different homes each night between December 16 and 24th of the journey Mary and Joseph made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter on the night of Jesus’ birth.

The house was filled with people when I arrived.  Before I reached the front door, I could smell the delicious food families had prepared for the event. Family members and friends were hugging each other and playing with the children, while the young people were huddled together on the couch enjoying a comedy on television.

After everyone arrived the children and young people were instructed to dress up as Mary and Joseph, the angel and the three wise men.  Everyone was given a sheet of paper with words to recite in Spanish, and then the reenactment began at the front door of the home and proceeded down the street around the local neighborhood.

The Angel led the Posada procession of singing adults and children holding candles as they knocked on each door.  Altogether they asked for shelter, just like Mary and Joseph must have over 2000 years ago.

Those representing the innkeeper inside gave their answer in song, as they told them there was no room for them in the inn. The children, tripping over their costumes, followed by family members, went to the back door and sang the same song inside and outside.

Sometimes our minds are like computers.  When we are trying to enjoy those special moments in life, a message appears, "No more room. Temporary files too big, need to delete." When I complained to my friend about not having enough room on my computer, she showed me how to delete and transfer files to free up room for the important...After being denied shelter again, the procession journeyed to other homes along the route, where they were purposefully refused, until at the end they reached the house where a homemade manger scene was set up in their front yard with a statue of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus in the manger.  There they had a special service with everyone gathered around, followed by a joyful Christmas party, including pinatas.

A few days later I heard a minister on the radio talking about the fact that we deny good things in our hearts because our lives are so weighed down with unnecessary things. I thought about the clutter on my computer and how much better it worked after my friend deleted the unnecessary files.

Sometimes we carry loads that are not ours and may be too heavy for our hearts. Then when the really important things come along, we miss them, or there just isn't enough room left over.

Can you imagine how the Innkeepers felt when they realized that they turned away the very son of God because they could not make room in their Inn for a family who desperately needed shelter for the night?

And even today, it is possible to miss precious moments with our families and also the chance to share the love of Christ with someone who needs us because we just don’t have enough room in our minds and hearts for another thing.

As Christmas approaches it is a good time to reflect on the things that are really important; the message we want to give to our children, the love we want to share with others, and the memories we want to make..

We might need to make a list and check it twice, and then do some clearing out or deleting, as my friend advised.  This may give us more room in our hearts, our minds or in our lives for the things that really count. As I sat down to do the research for this column, I realize that my computer does move a lot faster and smoother.  My friend was right. I did have a lot of things on my computer that I did not need.

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Deana Landers
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Deana Landers has had many roles in life — Pastor’s Wife , Nurse/Health Educator, Writer and Motivational Speaker ... more