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How low can you go?

Wednesday 9 August

Matthew 7:13–14
For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (verse 14)

It is an interesting experience trying to enter the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. This famous church, which is a World Heritage Site, is built over the place where it is traditionally considered that Jesus was born. Tourists and pilgrims visit in their thousands every year, eager to pray and take photos of the grotto which is said to mark the exact spot where the infant was placed in the manger. With the number of visitors dropping in, you would expect that there would be large, wide doors to make it easy for everyone to gain access. But you would be wrong.

The main entrance door to the Church of the Nativity is small and low and narrow, and you have to bend down to get through it into the main body of the church. There is something very profound about stooping low in order to gain access. Just as Jesus came into this world as a vulnerable child, so we have to lose our height and pride and bend low to come closer to the site of the manger. It’s a very powerful thing to do. Jesus said ‘I am the Way.’ Following this path of faith may mean taking a different route than the one our family and friends are taking. It may be difficult and there may be obstacles along the way. Yet Jesus promises that this way, the vulnerable way, will lead to life.

.  Light the path before me, Lord Jesus, that I may follow your way even when the route is difficult to see. Amen...