About the Song
The Greek word often translated “inn” in Luke 2 is rendered “guestchamber” in Mark 14, referring to the upper room where Christ and His disciples ate the feast of the Passover. It is described as a guest-chamber in a “house”–possibly a lodging house, but perhaps a private home.
Somehow that shift in the word’s connotation changes a lot for me. Is there room in my “house,” or is every quiet corner filled up with needless clutter? Is there room in my heart, or is every chamber full? Those were the questions that prompted this song.
The solo score includes the optional harmonies that you hear in the recording by James Loynes. The SSATB had to be modified extensively to make the parts work, so the accompaniments are not interchangeable.
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There was no room for God’s own Son
When Mary’s Child was born
Oh, who could bear to turn away
the coming of the Lord?
Could no one see divinity
And find a quiet place?
Or recognize in Joseph’s eyes
The guardian of Grace?
Had I been in Bethlehem
Would I have bid them stay?
And opened up my shuttered home
to welcome them that day
Or would my fears and foolish cares
Have locked and barred the door?
Seeing only strangers there
Cold and tired and poor
Dearest Savior, born this day,
Is there no room for Thee?
Open up my shuttered heart
and find a place in me
Be no more a stranger here
But enter and abide
Stay with me eternally
Blessed, Holy Child
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