This is the second in our Advent series of reflections, written by pioneering youth workers…
Oh the innkeeper,
Often thought to be the smallest part in this scene,
But has the biggest heart (Apart from Jesus!)
And I’ll tell you what I mean.
He opened the door, saw the look upon their faces,
His heart listened to their needs,
He let them in, no airs, no graces,
Finally a safe space in a stable.
Stable. To be steady and safe before the chaos to come,
A baby soon to be born, then the family on the run,
But let’s not jump the gun here, the other reflections will tell the story,
Back to the innkeeper, welcoming Jesus and God’s glory.
So Pioneers are like the innkeeper,
Be we meet them in the youth club or in open spaces,
We go with our big hearts,
And meet them where they’re at, no airs, no graces,
We do for them with what we have, listen to what’s not spoken,
Try our best to be God’s love in a world that’s mostly broken,
We can’t do everything, we are not God ourselves,
But we are God’s family, the hands and feet to do God’s Will,
To build relationships and journey alongside
Not leave them on the shelves.
So be like the innkeeper, and his open door,
Be all inclusive to them all, and once more,
Listen with your heart, to God and to their faces,
Meet them where they’re at, no airs, no graces.
By Philippa Traynar
Join us this advent.
Frontier Youth Trust is a home for pioneer youth workers. As part of our shared rhythm of life we have invited pioneers from within our community to contribute a reflection about a character from the nativity story. We will be posting these reflections throughout advent.
We invite you to journey with us and discover the story afresh.