Jon Bloom is one of my favorite authors. I love the way the Lord gifted him to write and how he shares that gift with us.

If you are looking for a Christmas sermon idea, let me encourage you to get his book Not By Sight, turn to chapter 11, and read the chapter “Stables of Desperation are the Birthplaces of God’s Grace.”

Here’s how Bloom starts the chapter:

“The first Christmas night was a holy night. But it was not a silent night. All was not calm. After walking a hundred miles, Joseph arrived in an overcrowded Bethlehem, with a wife in advanced labor, only to find that ‘there was no place for them in the inn.'”

After walking the reader through how that night might have gone for Joseph and Mary, Bloom concludes with this thought:

“And in that is a Christmas word to us. There are times, while seeking to follow God faithfully, we find ourselves in a desperate moment, forced to a place we would not choose to go. It’s then we must remember: our lives and circumstances are not ultimately about us (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). They are about Jesus Christ. . . In your place of desperation it may be that what you need most is not less turmoil, but more trust. For God chooses stables of desperation as the birthplace of His overwhelming grace.”