Scripture Reading: Luke 2:7
Joseph and Mary had completed their long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in order to participate in a census. The difficulty of their journey grew with each mile due to Mary being with child. Joseph, desiring to provide shelter and rest for his new bride, guided them to the nearest inn when they arrived in Bethlehem. However, the inn had no suitable place for Mary to give birth to her firstborn son. The only information that Luke, the author, provides us is that there was no accommodation made for them.
Because of the census, the innkeeper would have been busy with many other travelers. While Luke does not make clear the intent of the innkeeper, it is not a stretch to say that his failure to prepare a place for a mother giving birth lacks compassion. At a minimum, we can observe that the innkeeper had more on his mind than the needs of a lowly couple from Nazareth.
Let us not make the mistake of the innkeeper this holiday season, with occupied minds that are too busy or distracted by our own agenda. Instead, let us open our hearts to the lowly. While the innkeeper was occupied, the Savior of the world was being born to fill the empty hearts of all who would call upon His Name.
Prayer: “Father, help my mind and heart to be set on You this Christmas. Let me not take my eyes off of Jesus. Help me to see those in need and how You might use me to care for them.”
by Chandler Grimsley
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them
in the inn.”