the innkeeper

This time of the year I am always mindful of the Christmas story and usually hone in on a specific area, usually Mary, just thinking about what it must have been like to be the Momma of the King of Kings gives me chills right now.

This season it seems I’ve had my thought process on the keeper of the inn. I keep thinking about that man whom was told by Joseph that his wife was about to have a child and he needed a place to stay and he offers up a ‘barn’. I am sure of it, that Joseph didn’t take the time to mention this was the Christ child, or maybe the innkeeper didn’t believe him if he did. I don’t know, it seems though that Christ child or not if a woman was about ready to give birth and ESPECIALLY if he knew it was the Christ child that he’d be willing to open his own house, give up his bed for a couple of days, move out to the barn himself! But as we know that is not what happened. I think about what maybe this innkeeper might of thought after the fact. When seeing these people flocking in to worship this baby. The shepherds, the wise men (we learned there were more wise men than just 3 probably a whole flock of them)He must have been kicking himself, KICKING HIMSELF!! To allow this baby, the King of Kings, to sleep in a feeder troph with animals….I kind of feel sorry for the guy (the innkeeper that is)……

What I get out of this though, is if someone in need came knockin’ on my door would I take him in just. like. that? Or would I have to ‘think’ about it and then it be too late? Sometimes I think the opportunity is there to help someone out with whatever the case may be and because I hesitate it passes by. And I do, have regrets even as I am sure the inn keeper probably had. I want to be in tune to what He is calling me to do. To be there in time of need, no hesitating, just act.

Joseph was a strong leader, Mary, what a woman to be ok with giving birth in a barn, the inn keeper, regretful, Jesus? PERFECTION!

Happy birthday to our Lord!

December 13, 2011 - 2:45 am

Cooking Up Faith - I’ve been thinking about Mary a lot lately too. I don’t know how I would react if I were the inn keeper, Joseph, or Mary, but I sure have a lot to learn from all of them!

December 13, 2011 - 2:35 pm

Jenay - Yes indeed. Me too. I think I’ve been the innkeeper too many times…regretting, wishing I had done more, or offered sooner…so hopefully learning to listen, and obey sooner more passionately.

December 13, 2011 - 3:59 pm

journeytoepiphany - I love this! Every year, I focus in on a different character in the Nativity story as well. This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Wisemen. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on a quest to find Him, more than ever. Thank you for sharing. This is my first time here, and I noticed many pictures. I am hosting a Christmas Photo Scavenger Hunt if you care to take part! Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2011 - 2:41 am

Courtney - I’ve thought a lot about different characters in this story, but never the inn keeper! Brilliant. Thanks for pointing him out and drawing light to his part in the story.

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Have a beautiful Sunday night, Courtney

December 19, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Craigd - I wonder about that too Marlece. The innkeeper’s wife I think always comes across looking okay – the innkeeper comes across looking bad. I suspect he wasn’t so bad – just a business decision. But back in those days a Middle Eastern person would never turn away someone if they didn’t have to – so regret? I bet. I think you’re right on. And Marlece, I never get to read enough of the blogs that I heart – and you know I heart yours. So instead of posting 10 posts a week on my two blogs – I’m going down to eight posts per week. I’m thinking that the extra time can be used to read more – and for goodness sakes, comment every once in a while. I’m sorry I haven’t read you enough – this should help. Anyway, God bless you my friend, and Merry Christmas!

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