I have a wonderful Christmas story to share this year.
A cognitively impaired young man wanted to be in a children's play at a local church. The organizers and the other children in the play didn't want to include him because he was a little too old and they "knew he would mess up."
The annual Christmas pageant was the church's big event of the year, and the church had become known in the area for their portrayal of the Nativity story. So it was with great hesitation that they let this young man participate. They decided to make him the Innkeeper so he would only have to stand in one place and say one line: "There is no room at the
The night of the play came, and the church's auditorium was filled. The moment came when Mary and Joseph knocked on the door of the
Mary and Joseph turned to walk away. The young man saw that Mary was weeping on Joseph's shoulder. He jumped out of his spot and ran to them.
"Wait! You can have my room," he said.
Some in the play and in the audience thought the play had been ruined that night. But others knew better.
May the peace of our Lord be with you