That’s where the Inn at Bethlehem really stands.
Rather, that’s where the Innkeeper stands:
We find him never in the Bible, but
always in our pageants.
It’s there, with him, that we can stay and watch.
Not quite taking part, but
unable to leave such a scene – such a tale.
We, like the Innkeeper, watch and wonder:
Who has come to stay with us?
How are we to greet Him?
The One who made us now joins us:
He lives with us
to die for us
to live in us
that we might live.
That visitor, that Child, that Savior, that King
Calls us away from the periphery.
Calls us to Himself.
Calls us to be loved, to live, to love.