In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world…….and everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. Luke 2:1-5
We have all seen the Christmas card images of Bethlehem. It looks cosy and heart-warming when we see it that way. Today Bethlehem is in the West Bank and is administered by the Palestinian Authority. It has a Muslim majority although there are Palestinian Christians too. Bethlehem is very busy with tourists at Christmas time.
Let us pray for peace and safety in the town of David at this time of political unrest.
Our Mary and Joseph have found a safe place to spend the night in Badgers Rise.