“Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for.” Luke 2:3
Can you imagine if congress issued a decree today that during 2016 everyone had to go to their birthplace to register for a census? The airlines, trains, and highways would be jammed and in mass chaos. Instead of being in New Jersey with my two daughters and their families, I would be in Story County, Iowa, where I came into the world. Unlike Mary and Joseph who slept in a barn, I would have shelter with friends or family and plentiful food while waiting to register.
During the holidays, especially Christmas, people find comfort and joy in going home and spending time with those they love. But for those who can’t or choose not to go home for Christmas. may they experience the holiday as in the words of the famous Christmas song sung by Bing Crosby, “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my heart.”
Dear Lord, make room in our hearts this Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Amen.