Luk 2:5 He was to be registered there — along with with Mary, who had been legally promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant.
Luk 2:6 And while they were there, the days of her pregnancy ended, and it was time for her to give birth.
Luk 2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Joseph and Mary had travelled to Bethlehem because Joseph’s family was connected to the town. Yet, the irony here is that they moved from a place where there were connected to a place where they were really not. Neither of them would have chosen a manger to place their son. But they were forced to be refugees because of some political choice that was made for them.
All around the world today, there are those who are being forced to escape their situations and seek a new home elsewhere. But for some of them, this is God’s way to reach them with the gospel.
LORD, open our eyes to those who have moved into our towns, and are disconnected from their past lives. Help us to befriend them and help them to connect.