Never Miss an Opportunity
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 for them. —Luke 2:6–7 (niv)
On a cold and rainy day before Christmas, I found myself in a crowded shopping mall filled with last-minute holiday shoppers. I was juggling a heavy coat, an umbrella, and three shopping bags packed with gifts when my purse slipped off my shoulder. My wallet tumbled out, and loose change spilled everywhere. Shoppers ignored my plight and gingerly navigated around me, not bothering to stop.
I knelt down quickly and tried to gather up as much as I could, when a pink knit-gloved hand reached out and put a hand over mine. “Here, honey,” I heard someone say, “let me help. Looks like your hands are pretty full already.” I looked up to see a gray-haired woman with a matching pink knit cap smiling down on me.
“Thank you so much,” I said. “It’s really nice of you to help.” “My pleasure,” she replied. “I learned a long time ago never to miss an opportunity to do good—especially around this time of year. “You know that innkeeper that gave Joseph and Mary a stable because there was no room at the inn?” she asked.
“Why, sure,” I said. “That was so kind of him.”
“Indeed, it was,” she said. “But Mary was about to give birth! Why, if no rooms were available at the inn, then what about a room in his own home?” She shook her head gently, stood up to leave, and exclaimed, “Why, he could have hosted the newborn King!”
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