Room in the Inn
By Elma Helgason
verse 7 and final:
O what happiness lies in this labor of love -
Just to know we may each have a part.
And the gladness of Christmas will flow from above,
When there's room in the inn of our hearts.
Constance R. Goodwyn, the name of the snow girl in the ornament featured above, demonstrates the joy of being part of the "labor of love, " the work of making room in the inn of our hearts. She is the 18th ornament in a long-running series called "Snowtop Lodge." Each ornament in this series features a different way of participating in the Snowtop Lodge community. With the wriggling puppy in her arms and the outdoor snow scene on her skirt, Constance seems to be at one with nature. She brings to mind the phrase spoken by the angels to the shepherds on that first Christmas: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." (Luke 2:14) When there is peace in our hearts because we each take up "the part" we are asked to play, then there will also be peace and joy to those who serve the Lord, regardless of the circumstances. This is a big promise, and it all starts "when there's room in the inn of our hearts."