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A3 Advent Devotional Entry • Silk Handley 

"While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."
— Luke 2:6–7

When I was 6 years old, my parents moved from Lansing, Michigan to Lodi, California—away from grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Although we left our natural family, the Lord blessed us with a new spiritual family.

We started attending a church soon after moving to Lodi, and the Lord blessed us with even more “grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.” It fills me with gratitude when I think about all of the people who opened their hearts and homes to us, making us feel loved and welcomed.

There was another family that left their family behind too. Mary and Joseph had to leave their extended families to go to Bethlehem. When they finally arrived, there was no room for them due to the census. Although all of the inns were crowded, one innkeeper gave Mary and Joseph the room that he did have—probably the place where the animals were kept since Jesus was placed in a manger. I am glad that anonymous innkeeper opened his heart to the plight of this young couple and provided a room so Jesus could be born. 

I am filled with gratitude as I think about your willingness to open your homes and hearts to our missionaries. Many of you have hosted missionaries home on furlough, or hosted events at your churches so that they could share about what God is doing in the world. I know that they are grateful and blessed by the hospitality you extend to them. Not only are you opening your hearts to them, you are opening your hearts to Jesus.

Thank you for making room for Jesus.

Silk Handley

Silk HandleySilk Handley has been an ambassador for A3 since Joe became president in 2008. Being very relational, she enjoys connecting with people and loves any opportunity to visit the broader A3 community. Serving Christ through encouraging and praying for others is her passion.

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  • This is one of many entries in A3's Advent Devotional. If you want to download a free PDF of the entire devotional to read along with us, click here...
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