We are grateful to Shawna Belt Edwards, a Mormon woman, who is helping us begin the Christmas season with a reminder of the importance of keeping Christ at the center of our lives. She shares a beautiful song she composed entitled “Do You Have Room?”

Mormon woman Shawna and her LDS family

Shawna writes this about her song:

It was only a few days before Christmas, and I was in the throes of the Christmas Crush — you know — that somewhat sickening feeling you have when you’ve spent way too much time at the mall, and you’re still not “ready”? And then I read an article written by President Thomas S. Monson, who said,

“[P]ersonally invited to undertake a search for the babe…did the shepherds concern themselves with….their possessions? Did they procrastinate their search for Jesus? The record affirms that…they came with haste.

I felt a pang of conscience as I realized that I, too, had received a personal invitation to come unto Him, but had lately ignored it in favor of buying up worthless trinkets. I was the innkeeper, with no room for Him. I didn’t notice the star and I didn’t hear the angels sing.

I continued to read:

In these busy days there are many who have time for golf, time for shopping, time for work, time for play—but no time for Christ. Lovely homes dot the land and provide rooms for eating, rooms for sleeping, playrooms, sewing rooms, television rooms, but no room for Christ.

(For a free MP3 of this song, you can email Shawna at ‘shawna.edwards’ AT ‘gmail’ DOT ‘com’)

Listen to an MP3 of Shawna’s song at her website here.