THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
Some years ago, a teacher in a one-room school that included first through eighth grades was casting her students for parts in the annual Christmas pageant. One of her students named Tony was a special education child. He wanted very much to be in the play but the teacher wondered if he would be able to remember his lines. The other children begged the teacher, “Please let Tony be in the play.” So the teacher cast Tony in the role of the innkeeper of Bethlehem. He had to say only two words, “No room.” Then after Mary responded, he was supposed to say a second time, “No room.”
Finally the day of the performance came. Mary and Joseph approached the inn and knocked on the door. Tony opened the door and flawlessly proclaimed, “No room.” Then Mary said, “But I’m tired and I’m about to have a baby. I must have a place for my baby to be born.” Then she began to cry.
Tony paused for a moment and then said, “I know what I’m supposed to say…but you can have my room.”
Thank God for people who are willing to violate scripts in order to follow the higher impulse of love.