"You Can Have My Room!"

Last night as a family we were doing our daily Christmas Nativity Advent Calendar that we've done for as long as I can remember. My dad said, "Sierra you read this long story" and I gladly obliged. As I started the story I didn't remember it, but slowly it started coming back and as it reached the end I could feel myself getting emotional. As I sat and thought about this simple but amazing story I thought to myself, "Would I do the same thing". Here is that story:

Wally was nine years old and in the second grade, though he should have been in the fourth. He was big and clumsy, slow in movement and mind, but well-liked by the other children in class, all of whom were smaller than he.
At times the boys did have trouble hiding their irritation when the uncoordinated Wally would ask to play ball with them. He would stand by, not sulking but hoping. Always a helpful boy, willing, and smiling, the natural protector of any child he felt was being mistreated.
As Christmas time approached, plans were made for the annual school pageant. Children were being assigned their parts: angels, shepherds, wise men, Mary, and Joseph. Wally stood by expectantly then suddenly his joy knew no bounds; for he heard the teacher say, "Wally, I want you to be the Innkeeper." (Not many lines to learn, she reasoned and his size would make his refusal of lodging to Joseph more forceful.) Little did that teacher dream the lesson that such a tender-hearted boy would teach to all who would attend that program.
Then came the rehearsals with the manger, beards, crowns, and a stage full of squeaky voices. Most caught up in the magic of the night was Wally. He would stand in the wings, watching the performance with fascination. His teacher had to make sure he did not wander on-stage before his cue.
Then came the long-awaited night and Wally stood holding a lantern by the door of the Inn, watching as the children who portrayed Mary and Joseph came near him.
"What do you want?" Wally asked with a brusque gesture.
"We seek lodging."
"Seek it elsewhere. The inn is filled."
"Sir, we have asked everywhere in vain. We have traveled far and are very weary."
"There is no room in this inn for you." Wally looked properly stern.
"Please, good innkeeper, this is my wife. She is heavy with child and needs a place to rest. Surely you must have some small corner for her. She is so tired."
Now, for the first time, the Innkeeper relaxed his stiff stance and looked down at Mary. With that, there was a long pause and the audience became a bit tense.
"No! Be gone!" the prompter whispered from the wing of the stage.
"No! Be gone!" Wally repeated automatically.
Joseph sadly placed his arms around Mary and Mary laid her head upon her husband's shoulder, and the two of them started to move away. The Innkeeper did not return inside his inn, however.
Wally stood there in the doorway, watching the forlorn couple. His mouth was open, his brow creased with concern, his eyes filling unmistakably with tears.
And suddenly this Christmas pageant became different from all others.

"Don't go, Joseph," Wally called out. "Bring Mary back." And Wally's face grew into a bright smile. "You can have my room!"
A burst of laughter then silence, then tears flowed freely as the message came through to the listeners. Wally, the boy considered 'slow' had made room for Jesus. 








I really felt strongly about sharing this today. Whether it is so I always have this story saved somewhere, or because it is a reminder all of us, including me, need this Christmas season. Admits the hustle and bustle of Christmas and all its festivities I think Christ gets forgotten and it makes me sad. Two years ago while on my mission I experienced a Christmas that was all about Christ.That Christmas changed the way I celebrated Christmas, and I promised myself I'd never forget it. I promised I'd metaphorically give up my room to Him. While I love the lights, the treats, the decorations, and all the traditions, I am reminded we wouldn't have any of that without Christ. The greatest gift we have ever been given. He truly is "the reason for the season".


Merry Christmas! #sharethegift 

19 comments:

  1. Nice story.. the true meaning of Christmas often gets forgotten...

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  2. Heartwarming and very meaningful story. Thank you for sharing it. It embodies the true spirit of the holidays :)

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  3. This story always puts a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. For me, the meaning of the holiday's is to be kind to others and to be grateful for what you and those you love <3

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  5. Thank you! A reminder that Christmas is about Christ and "mas" more of him.

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  6. Merry, merry Christmas lovely lady! What a wonderful post! <3

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  7. Thank you, we sometimes get stuck up on the material side of Christmas like gifts and forget that Christmas is all about CHRIST...

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    1. Exactly, it is easy to do with how much the world has commercialized it, but it feels so much better when we truly remember what it is all about!

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  8. Thank your for sharing about the true meaning of Christmas! I loved it :)
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. You're welcome! Thank you for reading it!

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  9. What a wonderful story! Children do have wisdom that we've forgotten!

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  10. That was beautiful, what a great story! Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas!!

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  11. This is precious! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. Thank you for sharing this! What a genuine, heartfelt moment from Wally :) Love this!

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    1. I know right. Wally is the man! Thank you :)

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