This hymn, based on Luke 2:7, was written by Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliot to teach children about Jesus’ birth. Each of the first four stanzas presents a contrast with the word “but:” the chorus or refrain is a natural response to the predicament that even a child could understand. The last stanza provides a stirring conclusion. Take a few minutes and let these words refocus your heart on the true meaning of Christmas.
Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown, when thou comest to Earth for me; but in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room. For the holy Nativity.
Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang, proclaiming the royal degree; but of lowly birth didst thou come to earth, and in great humility.
The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest, in the shade of the forest tree; but thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
In the deserts of Galilee, thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word, that should set thy people free; but with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn, they bore thee to Calvary.
When the heav’ns shall ring, and her choirs shall sing, at the coming to victory, let thy voice call me home, saying, “Yet there is room, there is room at my side for thee.”
O come to my heart Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for thee.
My heart shall rejoice Lord Jesus, when thou comest and callest for me.
This Christmas, remember that we have an eternal home, because in amazing grace Jesus was willing to leave his home and have no home. Jesus, come live in my heart. Is there room for Jesus in your heart, in your life? Make this Christmas a time of commitment.