In days to come the mountain of the Lord's house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
Many peoples shall come and say,
'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.' (Isaiah 2: 2 – 3)
The Prophet Isaiah gives us a vision of all people, from all nations making their way to be with God. Although the vision was set within the context of the temple mount in Jerusalem, Christians believe that God welcomes everyone into God's presence now and that our churches should be places where there is room for all, room for you and room for me.
Perhaps you have sometimes felt on the edges of things. Perhaps you are not religious. Perhaps you are struggling with the cost of living or see people close to you struggle and wish things were different. Perhaps you are young and sometimes feel patronised. Perhaps you are older and sometimes feel ignored. The Bethlehem stable has room for all people – including you, including me. Every single person is part of this story. God wants all of us to take our place and receive love, wholeness and peace. How does knowing that there is room for you in God's story make you feel?
There is room for you and for me and the video accompanying this article shows how one church is making room.