Sunday Scriptures – The Innkeeper

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Have you ever wondered what the innkeeper thought when he told Mary and Joseph there was no room for them in his inn, yet offered them his stable?

When I was young I thought the innkeeper rather mean to turn them away. I wondered why he couldn’t squeeze them in somehow. Move things around. Make room amidst his crowded inn, and crowded life, for them to stay until Mary gave birth and recovered.

Maybe he was mean. Or maybe he was just preoccupied with all the busyness that surrounded him as he ran his overflowing inn, and accommodated his patrons. Perhaps he just could not handle two more people and a soon-to-be born infant.

Do you think the innkeeper regretted his decision once the multitude of angels’ voices filled the night air above his stable? Do you think he wondered what all the hub-bub was about? Do you think the innkeeper may have searched back in his memory to the scriptures he learned as a child about the Promised Messiah being born in the city of David?

Maybe. Then again, maybe not.

My intention is not to paint the man in a poor light. Nope. Not at all. My intention is for me and you to look at ourselves and see how much like the innkeeper we might be.

Have we told Jesus there is no room in our lives for him right now because of our busy schedules? We’re full up and consumed by other things at the moment. Maybe later.

Are we preoccupied with keeping the things in our lives running smoothly, and do not need to add studying the Bible to our ever-growing to-do list?

Does our busyness leave Jesus out in the cold of night until a more convenient time?

I don’t know. I only know the innkeeper couldn’t find any room for Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords. Maybe his story is a lesson for us not to leave the Messiah out of our lives.

Just as the innkeeper needed to move something out of the way so Mary and Joseph had a place to stay, shouldn’t we move things out of the way so Jesus has a place in our hearts to stay?

What do you think? Have you any room for Jesus? If not, is that a decision you’ll regret  when the multitude of angels sing at the Savior’s return?

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So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee, and went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, known as the town of David. Joseph went there because he was from the family of David. Joseph registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was now pregnant.  While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have the baby, and she gave birth to her first son. Because there were no rooms left in the inn, she wrapped the baby with pieces of cloth and laid him in a feeding trough. Luke 2:4-7 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Make Room

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Pilot’s Christmas Village is up and it is lovely.

While I enjoy the beauty of the display on top of the built in cabinet, in order to have a place for the village, I had to clear off the cabinet first.

Oy, vey.

Clutter has a habit of settling on every flat surface in our home. I don’t understand it, but it’s true. It’s like some gigantic magnet sucks papers, magazines, trinkets, whatnots, onto the surface along with dust and won’t let go.

As I de-cluttered and made room for the Christmas Village I thought of the night Jesus was born.

Bethlehem was cluttered. It was full of people. There was no room for one more person.courtesy pixabay

Joseph and Mary had to take refuge in the stable among the livestock. Their firstborn child, Jesus, Savior of the world, was born in a feeding trough.

There was no room.

But what about today? What about our cluttered lives?

Do we clear out the clutter and make room to read the Bible and listen to what it says to us?

Do we clear out the clutter and make room in our schedules to meet the needs of others?

courtesy pixabayDo we clear out the clutter and make room in our day to give encouragement through a call or a note?

Do we clear out the clutter and make room in our budgets to give to missions?

Or better yet, do we make room in our vacation time to work on a short-term mission field?

Do we clear out the clutter and make room in our heart for Jesus to come in and live?

As we prepare for Christmas and all the busyness it entails, let’s remember to clear out the clutter and make room for Jesus.

Before you decorate for Christmas, do you have to de-clutter, or is it just me or needs to do that?

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Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s town, Bethlehem, in Judea, because he was a direct descendant of David, to be registered with his future wife, Mary, now in the later stages of her pregnancy. So it happened that it was while they were there in Bethlehem that she came to the end of her time. She gave birth to her first child, a son. And as there was no place for them inside the inn, she wrapped him up and laid him in a manger. Luke 2:4-7 (Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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(Yes. I know. Lyrics is spelled incorrectly. Grace.)