From Revd Christopher Deakin

From the Vicar

No room at the inn! 

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (Luke 2 4-7) 

You can just imagine the conversation. Mary’s trepidation: “The baby is due any day, and it is a long journey!” And Joseph’s reply: “Don’t worry, there will be plenty of places to stay. I feel Bethlehem is my second home.” 

In the end, they had to register for taxation, and so they went. A journey of about 80 miles would have taken days, but surely that would be the worst of the trip? What could go wrong once they reached Bethlehem? 

If you book a room at a hotel, and when you arrive they say they made a mistake, and are full, what do you do? A contract is still a contract, and if the hotel has double-booked, they have to find you an alternative room at a similar standard. Putting you in their garage is not an option!  

And so, Jesus came down from heaven, and landed in the middle of a humdrum problem about an inn being too full. He came straight into our real world of problems, disappointments and unexpected expense. Our Lord appears among us, not in a palace but in a stable, adored by shepherds, and accessible to anyone of us.

Have a Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2018