“While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.” Luke 2:7-8
I’ve opened my home to the Airbnb users. This program works similarly to the motel industry, except guests are in your home, either part or all of it. My home can sleep eight people and can accommodate a large group coming into town for a weddings, a sports event, or a family reunion. I’ve had five bookings so far and am happy someone is enjoying my lovely home while I rent a room from a friend.
Joseph and Mary would have been pleased to have cell phone and an Airbnb app when they arrived Bethlehem to find no rooms available. Mary was ready to deliver her baby, and after laboring, she probably didn’t care where she could lie down to give birth.
Fortunately, Mary and Joseph found shelter in a stable. Not a sterile environment, but a quiet place with soft hay and a manger for the baby to sleep. We don’t have details of this “alternativebnb.” They needed food, warm blankets, and a place for their bodily needs as they camped without comfort. But they didn’t complain and even hosted guests who came to see the Messiah. In my airbnb they would have found all the comforts of their own home.
Lord, thank you for bringing Jesus into this world in a humble stable. Amen.