No Room

It was a holy night, but not many knew it!  Especially not the innkeeper who turned Joseph and Mary away.  This taxing event must have been a boon to his little business in the country town of Bethlehem. Every room full!  So much to do to service the guests! Busy, busy, busy!  Actually, that sounds pretty much like me around the Christmas season!

I must confess that I am not a good multi-tasker.  I am a grab-it-and-growl kind of worker.  If I have a project going, (and I have had some doozies over the years) I am like a horse with blinders on. Single focus; one thing on my mind;  eat, sleep, breathe that project. And yes, I hate to say it, my time for Jesus sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.  No room.

Unfortunately, when this happens, our ears become dull; our “discerners” fail us.  We don’t hear the still small voice that alerts us to the holy thing that is right there before us. Like the innkeeper in the Christmas story, we are just not aware that something heavenly is happening.  We are apt to miss it!

Empty Manger

Think of it!  That innkeeper and his family could have witnessed the birth of the Savior of the whole world, but instead, that awesome privilege was given to the lowly creatures in the stable.  I am hoping to learn the lesson of the ‘innkeeper with no room’ during this Christmas season.  How about you?  Have you made room?  Jesus is coming you know.  So whether you prepare a spacious, gracious room for a King, or a humble, heartfelt manger, take time each day to make Him know that there is room for Him in your heart of hearts.

Let’s pray: Father in Heaven, we want to make Jesus welcome in our hearts.  Help us to make room. Help us not to miss the holy thing…the heavenly thing right at our door, looking for a room in which to be born.  In Jesus’ name,


Here is a little blast from the past.  Evie Tornquist!


2 thoughts on “No Room

  1. No time = No room and that’s just unacceptable especially for survival. Thank you Sister Shirley for this reminder and encouragment.

    By the way Evie lives here in Naples and I get to talk to her and her daughter on occasion. Evie gets her hair done by my Pastor Friend’s wife. Evie is so sweet and very personable.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Mitch! That is awesome that you sometimes see Evie! Her songs have meant so much over the years. And, yes, it is easy to let everything else crowd out the Presence of the Lord. Got to make room every day!

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