Though I have made the trip from Michigan to Tadoule Lake numerous times, I am always excited by my first glimpse of the church. After two days of traveling, I can hardly wait to say, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” The church where we hold VBS is modest, but it stands out with its bright white siding, its steeple and its cross. Inside, the furniture has been well used, the lamps are unlit, and the floor needs sweeping. Still, it is clear that this is a place of worship. It takes me to the first Christmas.
When the angels had left them, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about” (Luke 2:15 NIV). So, they went to the first place of Christian worship: a stable. Its most notable furniture likely leaned under the weight of our infant King. It was probably dim in the stable and the floor was likely dirty. But Jesus’ presence made it the perfect house of worship.
Let us rejoice as we approach our house of worship this Christmas. The Redeemer of all nations has cleansed us by His blood shed on the cross. He feeds us with His body and Holy Word. Let’s go! Let’s rejoice! We are blessed to know what Jesus has done for us, and to go to His house.
We pray: Heavenly Lord, Your humble birthplace reminds me that we can worship You anywhere. Help me to rejoice in Your holy house with Your redeemed family, as we celebrate Your birth. Amen.
Written by Jonathan Leinonen
LAMP Volunteer to Tadoule Lake, Manitoba