Have you ever had to seek shelter?
Before Jesus was born, his mother and father were travelling a fair distance south to register for the census. Unfortunately, so was everyone else, and the little town of Bethlehem couldn’t hold everyone.
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. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Giving birth in a cattleshed or stable can’t have been very pleasant for Mary, or easy on Joseph. Not only was there nowhere for them to stay, but he suddenly became a dad and had additional demands on his money, time and care.
Jesus was born into a poor situation. Within a few months, his family had fled to Egypt as refugees to escape King Herod.
Christianity is a world religion based upon the reality of God being with us; God being personally involved in human history and in our individual lives.
God knows what it is like to run from your homeland and rely upon finding shelter in animal stables, or in another country.
The current refugee crisis is still ongoing; today, PRAY in two ways;
- Pray for refugees and migrants who have fled their homes because of violence. Pray that they would recieve God’s peace and comfort, and be able to build their lives again
- Pray for organisations and governments who oversee refugee camps and immigration centres. Pray that they would be efficient, diligent and compassionate to all that they meet.