“Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:4-7 NKJV).
~Caesar Augustus requires the world to register, and Bethlehem, the City of David, is teeming with people who must comply by the deadline Augustus has set. Places for the registrants to stay are few and full.
The Innkeeper’s Son
I am five and it is late
Noisy, crowded, at the gate.
Pushing at my father’s knee
He ignores my whispered plea.
“A Baby’s coming soon,” I said
Anxious urgent words I pled.
“Go to bed my little son
I have much that must be done.”
Mother’s sitting at the table,
I reach as high as I am able.
My hands encircle her sweet face
Her eyes are filled with love and grace
I draw her face down close to mine.
“A Baby’s coming—there is a sign.”
“It’s time for sleep my dear, good son
You’re tired and dreaming, little one.”
Joseph’s knocking at the door,
Mary cannot travel more.
“I’m sorry, sir, there is no room—”
But I am here with my small broom.
“Father I have cleaned the stable,
They can stay if they are able.
Never mind the ox and sheep,
They will sing the Babe to sleep.”
A star turns night back into day.
My father slowly leads the way.
Mary smiles and takes my hand,
Joseph bends to help her stand.
My mother stays there thru the night,
And lingers till the morning light
Then at dawn she looks toward me,
“Come here my son come here and see.”
Silently I near His bed.
“You may touch Him,” Mary said.
Doves are watching from the loft,
I smooth and hold His hand so soft.
He looks at me, and in His eyes
Shines light as bright as morning skies.
“Thank you, God, this Baby came,
And that Jesus is His name.”
Manger-Baby, Blessed One,
Gentle Shepherd, Precious Son,
May we on Your day of birth
Speak Good News throughout the earth.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
God bless each of you, and have a joyous, Merry Christmas!
See you in January~