Welcome to Day 7 of our Holiday Haiku Challenge Today's writing prompt is
I invite you to enjoy our guest's haiku. If you are inspired, please leave your own 17 syllables in the comment threat below or on Instagram, #holidayhaiku. If you have missed the beginning of our series, start here. And now, today's haiku...
by Elise Hurd
"And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7
We sing freely: "Let every heart prepare Him room..."
But what if He doesn't come alone? What if He comes with "them"? This advent season, as we prepare room in our minds, hearts, and lives to welcome and celebrate Jesus -- let's make sure we prepare enough room for the "them" He will bring our way. Let's ask Him to open our eyes to who we don't have room for, who He wants us to prepare a special place for this season.
Let's prepare room for Him by preparing room for them, and not miss the gift of the great King who is Emmanuel.
Our guest, Elise Hurd, is a creative mom with a passion to encourage others that ordinary faithfulness is the stuff of miracles. Yet her poetic contribution is anything but ordinary. Like all true art, Elise' haiku is open for interpretation. When I first read her words I was sure she had hidden some social commentary on the Syrian refuge crises within her 17 syllables, but she simply confessed that the people that are often the hardest to fit into our busy lives are the little ones who already live within our homes.
Elise Hurd is a wife and mom to four girls, with a little one on the way. She is a full-time caretaker for her father in law with Alzheimer's, a writer, the director of children's ministry at her home church, and the designer and shop owner of Little Lunch Maker. You can connect with her on Instagram @littlelunchmaker, or on her blog The Giving Place.