The Innkeeper —(Bob Dahm)

The Innkeeper —(Bob Dahm)

November 30th––the Innkeeper

Scripture

8 Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. 10 Now at the time of the incense offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. 11 Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. (Lk. 1:8-12)

Reflection (Bob Dahm):

I run an inn in Jerusalem and winter is usually pretty slow but with this census we have been full for weeks. I even raised prices and we are still full! Business is booming!

    Then this carpenter and his very young, very pregnant wife show up, expecting to get a room. I don’t normally take in the blue collar crowd. It’s bad for business. No merchants or religious leaders will be thrilled about staying where construction workers and their pregnant women stay. I was going to turn them away but there was something about this man and his little wife.

    He was so earnest and caring for her, that I just knew he came from a good family. She was so obviously a child and terrified that I could feel myself getting all sentimental and soft. I hate that feeling. It never makes me money!

    I told him they could stay in the stable. I even sent a servant to give them some straw. When I checked on them later, I saw he had patched holes to keep out the wind. I could also see she was in labor, so I left them alone.

    In the middle of the night, I heard a baby cry. There were shepherds and wealthy travelers crowded into that stable. The skies were suddenly filled with angels singing and even the stars had gathered. It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen!

    There is something very special about this Jesus baby. I’m glad I gave his parents a break. It changed the way I see the world and people.

Question: 

How do you think God might be asking you to see the world differently? 

Prayer

Lord grant me the eyes to see the world differently, and the courage to walk differently in the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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