It never fails that at certain key times in the year God speaks clearer and louder. As I look toward preaching about a family in need of shelter wouldn’t you know a family shows up at church in need of shelter. A family caught in the cycle of a financial catch twenty-two. And where do my thoughts turn to? Suspicion and judgment. Thoughts, like too many in our country have, that lead to questioning their history and values. Oh, how people must have judged Joseph and Mary. Oh, how people must have judged those shepherds. None of them should have been invited and yet, God’s invitation was loud and clear – A child is born for all the world! May we each remember that we too should not be in the stable except God continues to invite us. Peace.