And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:4-7)
Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus has the simplicity and intimacy of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus alone in the stable.
We can imagine the wave of emotions associated with the birth and the relief, wonder and exhaustion that followed.
The Association of Ministerial PJPs prayers that all may find a place of peace and tenderness during this Christmas season.
May we all feel the touch of the God of love.