In each heart lies a Bethlehem,
an inn where we must ultimately answer
whether there is room or not.
When we are Bethlehem-bound
we experience our own advent in his.

When we are Bethlehem-bound
we can no longer look the other way
conveniently not seeing stars
not hearing angel voices.
We can no longer excuse ourselves by busily
tending our sheep or our kingdoms.

This Advent let’s go to Bethlehem
and see this thing that the Lord has made known to us.
In the midst of shopping sprees
let’s ponder in our hearts the Gift of Gifts.

Through the tinsel,
let’s look for the gold of the Christmas star.
In the excitement and the confusion, in the merry chaos,
let’s listen for the brush of angels’ wings.

This Advent, let’s go to Bethlehem and find our kneeling places. ~Ann Weams