Poster child for seasonal busyness

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. Luke 2:7

In the Christmas story the Innkeeper sometimes gets casts as villain. Poor pregnant Mary needs a room and he turns them away. He turns away the Son of God! Gasp! Now the poor guy is a guilt-inducing poster child. The Bible account doesn’t actually mention an innkeeper at all, just an inn. For all we know the lodging bore more similarity to a flophouse than a hotel  But for the sake of this story we’ll assume the inn was at least a B & B with somebody in charge.

Maybe the stable was his suggestion rather than Mary and Joseph’s own creative solution. Maybe he didn’t think to say “use my room.” Maybe he just worked there and didn’t have a room. The innkeeper in the story did what most of us do when we are busy and preoccupied: offer the quickest, least inconvenient solution rather than the kindest. That doesn’t make him or any of us, villains , just a little thoughtless.

Lord, increase my awareness and empathy as I interact with others and help me to be gracious and charitable when other people fail at that.