Room in the Inn
By Elma Helgason
When the helpless of earth come for help to our door,
We must aid them, the last and the least.
Do we lovingly give? We must do more and more,
Till our work for the Master has ceased.
The Advent season gives us a chance to develop some new habits, habits that will hopefully continue after the gifts have all been given, the decorations packed away, and the sounds of the parties have faded. Advent gives us a chance to think about other people, especially the "last and the least." The needs of the helpless will not end on December 25. At the same time, our own need to be other-focused will likewise continue. If we pack away our goodwill after Christmas, then we have missed the opportunities that Advent promises - to welcome the Messiah into our hearts, homes and especially into our habits. Who are the "last and the least" in your life? Do they live in the same house as you? The house next door? The helpless may be a lot closer than we might think. As the Iris Fairy above reminds us, the purple, thoughtful time of Advent is drawing to a close. Don't let it go without deciding how you will continue to do the Master's work in the new year.