There’s room at the inn for you here.
This is Martin, our life-size office donkey who escaped last year’s nativity scene. Martin will greet you on your way upstairs to our co-working space, staring at you with a sideways glance, ears down, like he is assessing your motives. Don’t be intimidated, he doesn’t say much. Martin’s just glad to be indoors, as he waits all year for his supporting role that comes every December in front of Metro Church.
Can you imagine… what if Mary and Joseph had been given a room at the inn? What if someone that night had opened their doors to this weary couple, instead of resorting them into a stable, to bring forth the King of Kings? There would be no manger, no straw, no barn animals, and Martin would cease to exist. Nativity scenes everywhere would look very, very different.
The beauty of our Savior’s introduction into this world is absolutely one of humility, and donkeys like Martin played a key role in representing that humility. Later in His life, Jesus rode into Jerusalem, on a donkey that was not even His. Not a steed, or a chariot, but a stubborn, young beast of burden that had never been ridden before. Jesus sat atop the robes of His disciples on this donkey, as many welcomed Him with hopeful hearts.
In the gospel, we meet Martin, and Jesus’s modest means of conveyance (I’m sure he had a name too :) because the Lord came to us, not as a king of warriors and riches, but as a King of hearts. He reminds us that blessed are the simple, the humble, and the meek.
At the same time, we remember the importance of welcoming others with open doors, especially those riding donkeys, literally and metaphorically speaking.
Jesus’s life began with closed doors. We remember this… and we don’t want to forget. That is why we take very seriously the act of welcoming, and opening our home to everyone, regardless of how they arrive. The author of Hebrews recognized this when he wrote: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
At FaithStay, there is room for you at our inn — a loving space in the home of a man, or a woman or a family who remembers the importance of hospitality and of welcoming strangers.