Room in the Inn
By Elma Helgason
Is there room in the inn? Do the Christmas bells ring?
While the doors of our hearts are shut tight?
Can we hear the sweet chorus the angels did sing?
While the lost are still out in the night?
There's an old saying about the kingdom of God. It's "here, but not yet." At this time of year, that expression can easily translate into only focusing only on the sights and sounds of parties and happiness. The joy and brightness we see is most certainly part of how we should live this season, and indeed, the entire year - it points us to the joy of the Incarnation. But we should also take care to remember the other side - the "not yet" part. Do the good things of Christmas - the presents, the parties, the gatherings, the decorations - i.e. the Christmas bells and angel chorus - only apply to me, my family and those we love? Father Christmas' Reindeer above, reminds us to gird ourselves, mount up, and go out into the dark, the night, into those places we would rather not venture, to find the lost and bring them the gifts of God as well.