Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem.golden colorsJesus’ birth was recorded in this way:

Luke chapter 2
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Years ago our daughter Sarah was born on December 26. On that Christmas I remember thinking more than ever about Mary. The distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem is approximately 70 miles – a normal journey of about 4 days – but this was not a normal journey. Mary was “great with child.” They would have probably taken more than 4 days – perhaps even several weeks to make the journey. I have never walked 70 miles under any circumstances.

How can I complain about some minor burden or inconvenience when I remember Mary carried Jesus 70 miles before giving birth and laying him in a manger.

Merry Christmas, everyone! May your holiday be filled with great joy.