sunday song – “Rest – the Song of the Innkeeper”

I haven’t done a Sunday Song in several weeks. This week has been long (as you can probably tell from my posts). My favorite Christmas song this year is a song called Rest by Jason Gray. It is written from the perspective of the inn keeper who turned away Mary and Joseph all because he was tired and he needed rest. In the song he sings that he is waiting for the Messiah to come and he cannot wait until the day he does so he no longer has to lead the hard life he does not knowing that in the stable next door Jesus is being born. Today I can relate to the innkeeper needing rest. I feel the same way. And so I have chosen this song.

I found them standing in my door
In the clumsy silence of the poor
I’ve got no time for precious things
But at least they won’t be wandering
If they’re sleeping on my stable floor

There were no rooms to rent tonight
The only empty bed is mine
‘Cause I’m overbooked and overrun
With so many things that must be done
Until I’m numb and running blind

I need rest, I need rest
Lost inside a forest of a million trees
Trying to find my way back to me
I need rest

As a boy I heard the old men sing
About a Kingdom and a coming King
But keeping books and changing beds
Put a different song inside my head
And the melody is deafening

I need rest, I need rest
Like a drowning man in the open sea
I need somebody to rescue me
I need rest

To Rome we’re only names and numbers
Not souls in search of signs and wonders
But we’re waiting for the day of our salvation
The messiah who will be our liberation
We’re waiting, I’m waiting

I need rest, I need rest
Oh come oh come Emmanuel
With a sword deliver Israel
I need rest

Tonight I can’t get any sleep
With those shepherds shouting in the streets
A star is shining much too bright
Somewhere I hear a baby cry
And all I want is a little peace

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