Journey to Bethlehem

This morning’s devotional is offered by Gus Gillespie. 

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. Luke 2:4-5

As Mary and Joseph began their frantic journey to Bethlehem, there must have been a million other things that they needed to do.  Mary is due any day, they are a young couple with limited resources, and now they are making a 90 mile journey that may take a week to complete.  We focus on their arrival in Bethlehem and their inability to find a proper place to stay the night of our Savior’s birth, but think about what their week before must have been like.  Surely Mary had a list of things they needed to take with them and Joseph had to pack things just right for the journey. They needed bedding, food, water, clothing and footwear for the trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  I imagine they were quite busy and harried as they made their way to pay their tax.

How different are we as we get ready for Christmas?  How many last second gifts are being purchased? How many trips to the grocery store because you forgot the rolls or the whipped topping?  Are you preparing the guest room or packing to begin your own Christmas journey? Are we making time for Christ on the cusp of Christmas?

Take a moment and think about Christmas, the greatest love ever offered through the most perfect gift ever given.  Only a Father who loves us this much could give something so precious to save us from eternal separation from Him. Make time for Christ this Christmas season.  Let others see Jesus’ love through your smile, laughter, and time spent in fellowship. Merry Christmas everyone!