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The Inn Keeper: The Story of Christmas We’ve Never Pondered

by Kelly Crawford

Perhaps few poems have ever affected me as much as The Innkeeper, written and recited by John Piper. It is true…of all the different angles of the Christmas story, of all the versions and retelling of Mary and Joseph’s journey, I have missed this. We all have–the reality of the cost of His coming for so many people, in the ironic twist of redemption, as the Life who brought death would end in ultimate victory. Those few words…”Herod slew all the male children…”

You will be glad you took ten minutes to watch and ponder:


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Cathy December 20, 2013 - 12:55 pm

“…and you will reign forevermore.”

Coram Deo.

Laura Santos December 20, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Yes, we were so glad to take time out today and watch this. What a blessing! And what good conversation it stirred! Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Kelly Crawford December 21, 2013 - 10:24 am

Merry Christmas to you too, Laura!

6 arrows December 20, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Wow, was that ever gripping, especially to hear Piper read it himself. Thanks for sharing the video.

Natalie December 21, 2013 - 10:45 am

I was THERE the first time he read this poem to our church. He used to write an advent poem every year as a gift to Bethlehem Baptist. It was something we all looked forward to. (Oh, I miss him!) But this one has always been my favorite, and we read the illustrated version to our kids every year.

Kelly Crawford December 21, 2013 - 1:24 pm

What a privilege that must have been. This poem is truly gripping. What a gift, huh?


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