Random Acts of Senseless Kindness

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Luke 2:1-7

Really, now, you can’t blame the innkeeper. Every room was full. He had obligations to customers who had come early and paid cash. He probably didn’t know that Mary was just hours from delivery. And he certainly didn’t know the significance of the child who was about to be born.

As it turned out, it was advantageous that Jesus was born in a stable. There were no complications in delivery, and apparently Joseph assisted with gentle hands and steady nerves. The baby caught no infectious disease, nor was he trampled by a restless sheep or goat. This pastoral scene has caught the imagination of the world. A nativity scene with sheep, donkeys, straw, and rustic beams is far more dramatic than one with a clean bed and painted walls.

So nobody lost out except the innkeeper himself. If he had just been a bit more accommodating, if he had been more willing to sacrifice, if he had acted according to his heart rather than his head, if he had given up his own living quarters for a night, he would have received the blessing of his life.

There’s a truth here for all of us. Some of the greatest experiences in life come when we go beyond the call of duty, when we do the things we really have no obligation to do, when we to use the popular phrase engage in random acts of senseless kindness.

PRAYER

Really, now, you can’t blame the innkeeper. Every room was full. He had obligations to customers who had come early and paid cash. He probably didn’t know that Mary was just hours from delivery. And he certainly didn’t know the significance of the child w