Perhaps you heard the story about Maestro Pierre Monteux, one time conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, who arrived at the check-in desk of a hotel lobby late one night. Monteux was not an imposing or distinguishing presence in any way. The woman at the desk said, “I’m sorry, sir. Our hotel is full tonight.”
Her manager, however, recognized Monteux and called her over. “Don’t you know who that is?” she whispered. “That is Maestro Pierre Monteux, distinguished conductor of the symphony.” Whereupon the young woman returned to the desk and said, “I’m sorry, sir. Of course we have a room for you. Why didn’t you tell me you were somebody?”
Pierre Monteux looked at the woman for a moment, and then said, “Madam, everybody is somebody!”
As we take the time and care to invite those who have no church home to share ours this Advent and Christmas, we might all do well to remember that we worship a savior who could not get checked in at his local hotel either.