Second Thoughts of the Inn Keeper,
By Pamala Price
What if I’d really understood
This was the King of kings?
In what way would I’ve acted then,
How different would it be?
The carpet red I’d have laid out,
Announced all over town;
I’d welcome him with trumpet blasts
And flags and sparkling crown.
The rooms I’d empty,
Give this king some quiet, private space,
Bring servants in and many cooks
To stir up tasty things.
The money, lavishly I’d spend
The cost, however big;
I’d give this King all that it took
To honor any wish.
The shepherd guests I’d honor, too,
Despite their lack of poise;
No education they’ve had
But they heard the angels’ noise.
‘Twas them God chose the first to tell
Of this king’s birth that night;
So honor I’d give, ev’n to them,
As honored in God’s sight.
And when the magi would arrive
Respect I’d give them, too;
Obedience to travel far,
Deserves reward that’s due.
And what about the people now
Who know this Jesus Christ,
Is not just son of Mary,
He’s Messiah come to die–
The Victor over death,
The risen, conquering Savior King,
Who took on flesh and died
So we might live eternally?
We know, it’s clear to people now
On this side of the grave;
He’s proven his identity
As King fore’er to reign.
What kind of welcome will we give
To Him now that we know?
We get one opportunity,
One life to let it show.
The King of kings deserves the best
No sacrifice too great;
For him our every thought and word
And deed cooperate.
To honor him above all else
Lay at his feet all treasured dreams,
One’s talents, passions, wealth,
To place Him in the highest place
Requires simple faith.
To just believe that He is God,
To take his word—that’s grace!
We won’t regret that act of faith
To live for Him as king;
When He returns to earth
He’ll judge and his reward he’ll bring.
This one life is the time to give
All honor that he’s due;
Reward will be forever ours
Since all He says is true.