Merry Christmas wherever you are!

“Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for.” Luke 2:3

charlesdickens1Joseph took Mary on a journey to his hometown to register for the census ordered by Caesar Augustus. During their stay in Bethlehem, Jesus was born, and Bethlehem became his hometown.

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.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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