No Room in the What?

If you were with us on Christmas Eve, you might have noticed in our service of lessons and carols this line of scripture:

She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom.

That translation of Luke 2:7 (from the Common English Bible) might have sound a little “off” to a lot of us, especially those who grew up hearing the Charlie Brown Christmas special, and are used to hearing something like the language of the Revised Standard Version:

And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Which should it be: “guestroom” or “inn?”

You can read the details in this article, which argues (correctly, I think) that “guestroom” is a better translation than “inn.”

Seven Creative Ways to Be Generous at Christmas

Marcus Goodyear published this helpful list of creative ways to be generous at Christmas. I like number six:

Look around your home and choose one item valued at more than fifty dollars. It may be a chair, a video game system, a bread-making machine or maybe even an old baseball card. Figure out the value of the item and post it for sale online. Use social media to get the word out to your friends about the sale and the cause you want to support with the proceeds. Then give whatever you receive from that sale to a local need in your community. This is a simple way to understand the excess we have and the needs we can solve today quickly while limiting the stuff in our homes.

Why wait for the annual rummage sale and have others sell it for you? Do it yourself now, while you’re thinking about it! (Via Mark D. Roberts, who’s as interesting as always, but—sorry!—whose web site only got a bit less all “ADHD clutter-bonanza” when he moved to Patheos.)