If Jesus Had Been Born in an Inn

"She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7b (NIV)

If Jesus had been born in an inn there would have been no manger, that universal symbol of divine acceptance. The shepherds would not have been there either. Both would be too smelly and earthen for an innkeeper's approval.

If Jesus had been born in a noisy, crowded inn there would be no soul-lifting songs about the beautiful, hushed night He was born into, such as Silent Night, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, and O Holy Night.

Would the announcing angel have appeared in an inn where cynical, weary travelers grumbled against their oppressive Roman rulers? The still, midnight backdrop revealed the glory of heaven best as the angels praised God before the humble, believing shepherds.

What would Christmas plays look like today if there had been no stable and no barnyard animals? The trials that Mary and Joseph endured produced what we cherish in the Christmas story.

Are there hardships in your life that you wish would disappear? God will use your affliction to build a stage for you to declare his glory and power to those alive today and to those who are to come, just as he did in Mary's and Joseph's lives.

Lord we cannot see your glorious plan for arduous life experiences. Please bring us patience while you turn our suffering into worthy testimony. Amen.