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23rd Dec 2021

Unto us a Son is given

After their challenging journey Mary & Joseph are met with further challenges in Bethlehem.
With Bethlehem crowded due to the census there is no room available.
The relief of safe arrival is now met with the ever increasing frustration of nowhere to stay.
Not even for a heavily pregnant mother!

At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire.
When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria.
Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown.

Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David.
Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David.
He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him.
She was pregnant, and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby.
She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn. Luke 2:1-7

The Bible just tells us that while they were in Bethlehem Mary went into labour.
Whether it was the strain of the journey or they were there for a while we are not told.
Whatever the case the striking feature is that there was no room found for a heavily pregnant mother entering into labour.
Yes the town would be crowded but would not the family connections & hometown relatives rally round?
Surely someone would find compassion in their hearts to take in a mother going into labour.

The scandal of this pregnancy would just not go away,
Even family could not find a room, or compassion in their hearts, for pregnant Mary.
Joseph’s initial fears have not been put aside by everybody else!!
Mary & Joseph have embarked on an adventure of faith with the Lord.
Alas they are alone on that journey.

Abandoned by family & all alone, yet at the same time surrounded by angels.
Heaven remains on their side even if no human compassion can be found.
Help arrives in the form of some animal quarters.
Be it cave, stable or smelly room it is no fit place for a child to be born, yet alone a King!!
For our humble servant King & Saviour it must suffice.
May & Joseph with heaven’s help find a way.
Their faith & belief held strong in the face of adversity.

For Reflection

  • Will we make room for Christ in the inn of our hearts this Christmas time?
  • Will we welcome Him with warmth?
  • Mediate upon the resolve & trust that Mary & Joseph displayed.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the great gift of Christ our Saviour.
May we fully welcome Christ the Saviour & ever make room for Him in our hearts & lives.
In the mighty name of Jesus,

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