“Did the innkeeper get any recognition?” Just the latest in a long line of questions from my children. This one from my daughter. Here’s the conversation.

What do you mean?
Like, did Mary and Joseph tell him thanks for letting them stay with the animals?
I don’t know. The Bible doesn’t really say. What do you think?
I think he should have gotten some recognition. I think they should have said thanks.
I think you are right. I bet they did, don’t you?
Why do you think they should have said thanks?
Because that’s the polite thing to do. That would have been nice.

So What? Be sure to give “recognition” to the people in your life who have blessed you this year. Even if it wasn’t what you expected, every one loves a little recognition. Especially for the cool Christmas gifts you received.

Isn’t funny how much our kids can teach us?


  1. O4

    She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. Luke 2:7 (NLT)

    To be technical the verse never mentions a “innkeeper” or even that the manger was anyway related to the inn. Just simply that there was no room in the inn. Funny how we get these conceptions of stuff in the Bible that isn’t really there.

    That said, it was SOMEONE’S manger and a valid point still exists–actually more so, as we don’t anything about it’s owner.

  2. Doug

    True. In fact, the language actually indicates that they were probably just looking for a guest room in someone’s house.

    But as you said, the point is someone gave what they had and should be thanked. Thank YOU for reading and sharing your thoughts (whoever you are 04).


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