I was just emailing my women’s prayer group about the need to find room for Jesus during this busy time of year…it reminded me of my experience in Bethlehem in October 2014. Here’s where I talked about it on my blog last year….
“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7
Although I tried to go to Israel with no expectations, the thought of seeing the place of Jesus’s birth, life, death, and resurrection was exhilarating! As I thought about going to Bethlehem, I pictured a quaint, quiet village, similar to some of farming towns outside of our community here in NE Florida.
I am smiling as I type this because my expectations were far from reality! First, Bethlehem is dirty, and cramped. Our excellent bus driver navigated the crowded streets with great care–and bravado! We were dropped off in a parking garage and began our uphill ascent through a busy street where shopkeepers beckoned, quite persistently, and cars fought for space on the narrow road as people crisscrossed in haphazard…
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