I am the innkeeper. For the whole day, I was busy – cleaning, doing the dishes, washing clothes, the usual things that I do. But today, I did the chores with more intensity than before because my workload has doubled. There were more visitors now in Bethlehem as ever before because of the census. The inn is full. Good for business.
I was standing in the doorway resting and breathing fresh air when I noticed that a star was shining unusually brighter above my stable. I thought that the star was also doing its job (to shine) with more intensity. Was it also because of the Census? I smiled.
It was then that a tired looking man came to me asking for a place to stay. I explained to him that there was no place in the inn. Then I saw a few meters away a young girl riding a donkey. It was obvious that she was in pain and that she was giving birth. “Oh no! The girl needs a place to stay!” I thought. I was rattled. Because I was looking at my stable when they came, I pointed it to them. The man carried his wife right away and ran to the stable. I followed them. I helped the girl deliver the baby. When it came out, the couple was very happy. Their countenance changed. The tired looking man’s face glowed and the pain in the girl’s face was gone. They were joyful… happy. I looked at the child in my arms and I suddenly became happy too. I forgot about my tiredness. I looked at the child again before handed Him to His mother.
“Here He is, the Messiah!” the man exclaimed. I couldn’t believe my ears. Is the Child really the Messiah? My question was answered when shepherds came to worship the Child, followed by wise men who gave gifts to Him. I suddenly felt ashamed that I was only able to offer a stable for the Child. Nonetheless, grateful because I had something to offer.
Although tired, I busied myself in cleaning the place while the wise men and the shepherds gave their tribute to the Child. It was the least I can do for the moment so I wanted to do my best. When the visitors went, I talked to the couple. I learned that their names were Joseph and Mary. I advised them to rest because I’m sure they were so tired in their journey and in Mary’s giving birth. I escorted them to the place I cleaned up. They laid the child in the manger which I filled up with hay and they slept beside Him. I could breathe now.
I couldn’t believe it happened, yet, I feel so blessed that of all the homes in Bethlehem, our home was chosen to be the birth place of the Messiah.
I stepped out of the stable gently. I went back to the inn to look for things which the baby might need. I got blankets. It was really cold that night. I got water and food, too. I walked back to the stable. I noticed that it was already dawn and the sun was going to rise soon. When I arrived at the stable, the man Joseph was already awake and he was waking up his spouse, Mary. He quickly packed all their things and they got ready to travel again. Mary held the Child in her arms and rode the donkey. I did not have the chance to ask them why they were in a hurry. Joseph and Mary thanked me for my generosity. I gave them the blankets and the food and water and bode them goodbye.
Later on, I found out why they were in a hurry. Men on horses came to Bethlehem looking for all firstborns and they killed all they found. Many parents were in agony. But in secret, I told them what I witnessed and I assured them that the Messiah, who will save us all, has come. The lives of their children has not ended up in vain.
Disclaimer: This is merely a result of my personal reflection and it does not represent actual events.
Let us all Greet Jesus tonight. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! Christmas is, after all, about Jesus being born.
MERRY and MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
What is your gift to baby Jesus on His birthday? Answer in the comments.