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Reflections on Bethlehem

December 7, 2021

It’s interesting to see the modern day place where Jesus was born. I wonder if it is the exact spot or just something similar.

The Way I See It

20161030_022154 1Manger Square, Bethlehem

Every December our collective thoughts turn to the little town of Bethlehem. We sing about it, read about it, and have a picture of it in our minds.

But what was the Bethlehem of 2000 years ago really like?

What is it like today?

Sometimes I imagine a light dusting of new fallen snow, and soft candlelight from the shepherds lamps. Sometimes it is rough-hewn desert with only the occasional palm tree to be found. In my imagination it is a quiet and serene place, where all is clam and all is bright.

In my imagination, I have been to this imaginary Bethlehem of 2,000 years ago many times, but a few years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the actual city of Bethlehem. To look upon the place where Jesus was born, the hallowed spot where history was forever altered so many centuries ago, is…

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