These are uncertain times.

As we move towards Christmas and Jesus’ birth, I can’t help but think how uncertain times must have been for Mary and Joseph.  To start with, the Jewish people were an occupied people.  Romans, foreigners who were not Jews, were in political control.  To complicate matters even further, Mary and Joseph were forced to travel through foreign territory, from Galilee to Bethlehem, from the territory of one Roman Governor to the territory of another Roman Governor, to pay taxes.  They had to make this trip, by foot and donkey, during the final month of her pregnancy.  They were not able to call ahead to make room reservations.  They didn’t have family there to stay with when they arrived.