Casting Crowns – “Make A Room” (Devotional)

(Luke 2:1-7, 1st Peter 4:13)

The Innkeeper

One of my biggest memories of his music was Christmas every year because he was always in the church’s Christmas musical.

My dad surrendered his life to Jesus Christ when I was about seven years old, and everything changed in my house. Dad began taking my family to church and singing in the church choir. One of my biggest memories of his music was Christmas every year because he was always in the church’s Christmas musical.

As cool as it was for dad to sing, my favorite singer was Mr. Roy Reynolds, the church bass. When he sang, he would curve down his lower lip and sing really low, and you could always hear him. I was a kid, so he was my favorite one to watch because of the funny faces he made. In the Christmas musical, Mr. Roy played the innkeeper, which was big for me, because he sang a song called “No Room.”

Finally, Joseph and Mary reached a door at the inn. Mr. Roy stepped out, and he was so excited about his line. He had one line, delivered in that booming low voice: “NO ROOM!”

Our Christmas musical had one of the deacons and a lady in the church dressed up as Joseph and Mary. They wore bathrobes and cloths draped over their heads, and they carried a doll to represent baby Jesus as they made their way up to the stage. On the small set, they would go from door to door, knocking to find a place to stay. Finally, they reached a door at the inn. Mr. Roy stepped out, and he was so excited about his line. He had one line, delivered in that booming low voice: “NO ROOM!”

I remember thinking that the innkeeper was the villain. He was a bad guy and should’ve been wearing a black hat because he was the guy who shut down Jesus. Jesus came to Earth to save the whole world, and this guy puts him in a barn. That makes all of us feel better about ourselves because we’re not the innkeeper. We make ourselves believe we’d never turn away God if he came to Earth.

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