A Tough Christmas

As we approach this Christmas season it is likely that things are not going well with us. We are probably struggling financially and we aren’t able afford the presents and trappings that we feel would make our Christmas better. Some of us are dreading the empty chair that will be at our festivities. Maybe the family and friends we still have are not compatible and we are expecting tensions.

That first Christmas wasn’t a bundle of laughs for Mary and Joseph either. Being heavily pregnant and expecting a long ride wasn’t going to be pleasant for Mary. Mary and Joseph were parted from family and friends who had come to accept their illegal situation. Strangers wouldn’t be so tolerant. The long trip to Bethlehem would incur financial strain to the couple as Joseph would be away from his workshop.You could say Jesus came down to earth with a bump, all because of His love for us.