Today I spent the whole day in Bethlehem and it's surroundings. It is good for the Christmas spirit!
Keep an eye out on the Harvest Show to see what I did – it was nice!
I drove around getting certain shots at various locations, then spent some time at the Shepard's Fields where tradition says the shepards were keeping watch over their flocks at night when the angelic host appeared.
Some people think it was there that King David's sheep were groomed for temple sacrifice.
Then it was on up to Bethlehem to manger square. It was clean, a lot of young people around, and it was getting ready for the main event.
Bethlehem has changed a lot since I have been here. 20 years ago it was 80% Christian, now the cradle of Christianity has less than a 10% Christian population.
But Christmas is the star of Bethlehem. Lots of preparatiuons were underway – police barriers, lights strewn everywhere, Christmas caroles playing in souvenir shops. All this for the crushing crowd of people who come to see the spectacle of Christmas Eve in Bethlehem.
But you know it reminded me of something… it reminded me of the question, “Am I prepared for Christmas?” Have I cleaned my soul, or emptied the trash in my heart, have I readied gifts of adoration and worship for the coming King?
Do I seek him, am I humble – and is their a healthy dose of joy and fear of God?
We need to be ready for the Christ child; for ourselves, our community of worship, and the Church art large.
And what's our message?
Peace on earth, goodwill toward Men – Christ is Born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is the touch-point between Heaven and earth – where the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst men…
To be tempted as we are – and never having sinned, He was born to be that perfect sacrifice – the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world.
Take time to prepare friends, for the coming King.
Glory to God in the Highest!