'Look for Him'

Choose to do as the fictional innkeeper admonished

My Christmas experiences are probably comparable to many of yours. Year after year, I love the lights, cards, stories, scriptural accounts, acts of service and beautiful Christmas music. Each, in its small way, reminds me and personalizes the birth of my Savior and what this great gift means to me in my daily and eternal life.

Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.
Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency. Photo: craig dimond

As a teenager, I memorized various Christmas stories and would sometimes be asked to share these stories at ward Christmas parties. There was one story that I still remember; it continues to guide my thoughts whenever I think of my relationship with my Savior.

In this story, events of the first Christmas, the Crucifixion and Resurrection are recounted fictionally, in a "first-person" narrative. The person telling the story is the innkeeper who initially sent the holy family away but then, reluctantly, found room for them in his stable.

In the story, years go by and this same innkeeper finds himself in Jerusalem soon after Jesus is crucified. He learns of the cruel death and miraculous resurrection of a man named "Jesus." He comes to recognize that the man so many are speaking of was the grown child of that pleading couple who came to his inn in Bethlehem many years earlier in such desperate need. This man, Jesus, had been born in his stable. He then shares his personal discovery and testimonial that Jesus was not a mere mortal man — He is the Savior of the World, the Son of God.

A part of my personal testimony of the Savior goes back to memorizing and sharing this fictional Christmas reading decades ago. I've never forgotten it. The innkeeper was so filled with remorse for having turned the Savior of the world away, he laments, "I was too busy. I did not know!" Then in a pleading manner he implores, "Do not be too busy. Do not say, 'I have no room for you.' Look for Him. Wait for Him, and when He comes, let Him in."

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we know that the Savior fulfilled His mortal probation; He rose from the dead triumphantly; He took upon Himself, He who was without sin, our sins so that if we repent and humbly express our thankfulness to Him, "we may be made glorious" (Doctrine and Covenants 78:19).

At this Christmas season and always, may we choose to do as the fictional innkeeper admonished: "Look for Him; Wait for Him," so that we will recognize and accept Him as our Savior and we will literally "let Him in."

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