In a moving moment in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, the characters, on their last evening in Narnia, enter a small, ancient stable to discover it is far larger than expected:
“It seems that the stable seen from within and the stable seen from without are two different places.”
“Yes, it’s inside is bigger than its outside.”
“Yes,” said Lucy. “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”
This reawakens my heart to the sheer wonder of the incarnation.
How did those stable walls not burst so many years ago? Jesus was bigger than all creation, bigger than the universe itself, and yet came to us as a vulnerable infant, born in a stable in the backwoods of Bethlehem. And He comes to us again this season – the Emmanuel, God with us, the very Savior of the world – wreathed in flesh and warm in our waiting arms.
May we take a few moments this Advent to ponder this great gift of love and open our hearts to welcome Him anew.
As Phillips Brooks writes in the familiar Christmas carol:
No ear may hear his coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.
With all Advent Blessings,