Wally was a 7th grade student who was bigger than any of the other students in his Sunday school class. His mother had been an alcoholic when he was born, & as a result, Wally just did not have all the mental capabilities that the rest of his classmates had. But somehow he managed to get by.
Christmas time came & his class decided to put on a Christmas pageant. Since he was the biggest, Wally was selected to be the innkeeper. After all, the innkeeper is kind of a villain in the Christmas drama. So they coached Wally to be just as mean as he possibly could be.
Well, the night came for the Christmas play. And in it, Mary & Joseph came to Bethlehem, went to the Inn & knocked on its door. Wally opened the door & said, “What do you want?” just as mean & gruff as he could possibly be.
Joseph said, “We need a room. We need a place to stay tonight.” “Well, you’ll have to stay someplace else,” said Wally, “because there’s no room here. There’s no room in the Inn.”
Joseph said, “But my wife’s expecting a baby just any time now. Isn’t there someplace where we can stay, where we are protected from the cold & where she can deliver her child?” “No,” said Wally, “There’s no room here.”
Then suddenly there was a silence on the stage. It was one of those embarrassing moments when you know that someone has forgotten the lines. From behind the curtains you could hear the prompter saying, “Begone. Begone.” Wally was supposed to speak, but for some reason he had choked up & forgotten to say “Begone.”
Finally, after he had been coached for several long seconds, Wally managed to say, “Begone.” Mary & Joseph sadly turned to leave. But just as they did, Wally said, “Wait a minute. Wait a minute. You can have my room.”
The director of the play was ready to pull out her hair because she knew that the whole Christmas pageant had been ruined.
But had it? Maybe Wally, better than anybody else communicated the real spirit of Christmas. “You can have my room.”