Inn or stable?

Open gate

How often do we have to choose
between the “inn” and “stable”?
These mental states forever call
—to choose the fact or fable.

So often on our journey
we think the inn will give 
us comfort, solace, heaven, rest,
—a pleasant way to live.

The stable on the other hand,
unglamorous and still,
demands a quiet, patient calm
that subdues both pride and will.

And mangers foster meekness, 
a selfless, holy sense—
that brings true reassurance
and heavenly recompense.

There’s still no room within the inn
for Christly light to dawn;
But stable stall calls wise men now
to daily feel Christ born.

—Jill Gooding

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