I am no Bible scholar. So, I do not know if it was the cool of the morning, the heat of the day or after midnight when Joseph and Mary arrived at the Inn. I don’t know if the Inn was the first place they stopped or if was their last hope of finding a place to stay. But I do know this. The Inn was full.
I can’t help but wonder what was going through the mind of the innkeeper when he had to tell Joseph and the very pregnant Mary that there was no room for them to stay at the inn. And I doubt that Joseph and Mary were the type to crash a stable without permission. So If I had to make an assumption, given the circumstances, I would think Joseph, like any father-to-be, pleaded with the innkeeper to make room. He might possibly have said, “We’ll take anything.” I suspect the innkeeper, looking at Mary, made room.
And, Oh my goodness! What a joyous celebration it must have been for the innkeeper, his family, friends and all the guests in his inn when they heard that Mary gave birth.
I can only imagine, the next morning at the breakfast table, what the innkeepers thoughts were when he realized that the Son of God, the King of the Jews, was born in his stable.
*(Stables were sometimes caves with feeding troughs (mangers) carved in rock walls.)
What I Have Learned
- Innkeepers make room. That's what they do. Everyday we have an opportunity to be an innkeeper in our own home. We can make room for a prayer group or a cooking class. We can make room to listen to our children or cook dinner for a hurting friend.
- Innkeepers make room in their heart. Sometimes our pocketbooks are wide open but the room to our heart is closed. Our loved ones need an emotional “safe place”. They need to know the doors to our hearts are open to give and to receive love.
- Innkeepers entertain Kings. Sometimes a random person crosses our path. And when we make room for them something magical happens. Like Jesus, they bring us the gift of joy and of hope. While they are with us, they enlighten us. And when they leave us, we realize we were blessed by the divine.
Life is short. Make room.