This year we have had an elf on the shelf stay with us. Each day when our children wake up the Elf can be found in unusual places (where we have put him) which make it look like he has been up to mischief in the night.
A few days ago I placed the Elf in our nativity scene for a bit of fun but then I began to wonder if I had done something profound?
You see, even naughty elves (if they were real anyway) are welcomed by Jesus!
Do you feel worthy of a place in the Nativity?
If you have read my Advent Reflections then I hope that you will have realized how much that the Nativity is a story of God at work in the ordinary.
Many of us don’t feel worthy of Jesus but he welcomes us anyway. Jesus was known as a ‘friend of sinners’ while he walked the Earth and he still loves imperfect people today.
When we encounter Jesus though, we are changed. Jesus is ‘Immanuel’ which means God with us. He welcomes us and he also walks with us through life and as he does so, he longs to lead us so that our lives and the lives of those around us can be transformed into something even more beautiful.
May you know the love, acceptance and guidance of Immanuel.