Thursday, December 10, 2009

Trip into the Past - Bethlehem

Last Friday evening my grandson,
Caleb and I went back in time to
Bethlehem.We walked down
the streets of Bethlehem during
the time when everyone
was called together to be counted

for the census. We watched as vendors
try to sell us their wares, as kids

played in the streets and as people
danced and sang.





Dancing and singing

As we entered the city of Bethlehem
we had to sign our names in so
that we could be counted on the
census. And as we walked the streets
we viewed and passed Roman soldiers
with their sheilds and swords.



There were vendors making baskets,
selling fine linen, selling
herbs, selling bread and one
vendor's child was even stomping
grapes to sell wine. There were vendors
that looked richer then some and
poor children that played in the
streets. We viewed shephards
tending their animals. It was a
site to view.
basket weaver

Caleb and the linen lady




Shepard

After our journey through the streets
we entered the Bethlehem
Inn. We were greeted and taken
to our seats by servants. As
we settled in, we were served
our meal, men of course were
served first.

The room was lite only by the aid
of candles and we enjoyed
talking with our neighbors as
we ate our chicken, carrots,
datas, olives and grapes. We
were also able to sample the wine
that the vendor in the streets
had made. Our servant was
named Hannah.

Then our host and his family
entered the room. This would be
Eli, his wife and children. He
welcomed us to his inn and talked about
the long journey that most
of us had to take. He talked
about the census, Ceasar and
the Roman soldiers.

Then there was a knock upon
his door. He sent some of his
loyal servants to see what was
going on. When they returned
they told Eli about a man and a
woman that was looking
for a place to stay, they had
come for the census. They
were late arrivers due to the
fact that the woman was with
child.

Eli had no more room in the
Inn so he allowed them
to bunk in the stables (yes,
I know you know the story)!

Later on during our meal the
same loyal servants came
crashing into the room, yelling
that it was hugh, firey
and it had a tail. After calming
them down, Eli finally
got out of them that it was a
star, right above the
stables. It was hugh, firey
and it had a tail!
Eli mentioned that the tail
must be the finger of
God pointing down upon them.

Things seemed to settle down
once again when
there was another issue,
there were theives
around the stable. Eli
sent his people back out
to find out what was going on.

The servants arrived back
with two theives
with their hands tied
behind their backs.
Only upon questioning
these mean did Eli
learn about the shephards
(theives) and
how they came upon his
stable. How the angels
sang to them and how they
followed the star to
the stable to glaze upon the
baby that was born
in a manger, Baby Jesus.


After having all this explained
everyone in the
Inn got up and went
out to the stables so that
we too could look upon
Baby Jesus. What an awesome
site to behold.

I have taken this trip into
the past several times in
the last few years. The
birth of Jesus takes
place at Silver Springs
Baptist church in
Mt. Juliet, TN. You can
travel back within
the church to Bethlehem
5 times with a
given week. There is no
fee for this transport
it is given to anyone who
wishes to view it
by the church members
of church. This was
the first time for me to take
Caleb and I am
so glad I did, he so enjoyed it.

Thank you for stopping
in and remember
that Jesus is the reason
for the season.

Pam

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