Luke 2:7 ” And she gave birth to her first born, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Imagine being that Innkeeper.  The usually small, unassuming town of Bethlehem was being over-run by people coming in for the required census.  His rooms were already taken by travelers,  when this couple approached…the wife, clearly pregnant.  The husband pleaded for a place to stay…telling the Innkeeper the time was imminent  for his wife to deliver.  The Innkeeper hurriedly pointed to the stable where the farm animals were kept and turned away…too preoccupied with everything he had to do.  And if Mary and Joseph had told the Innkeeper who this baby was…do you think it would have made a difference?  Or was the Innkeeper just too absorbed…too focused on the tasks needed to be done to realize the Messiah was coming?  Today, are you so preoccupied with all the things you think  need to get done that you’ve delegated  Jesus outside to the barn?  Are you like that Innkeeper…so focused on your “to do” list that you’re going to miss the Messiah’s birth?

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