One Starry Night

One Starry Night, a visit to Jesus’ birthplace where they experienced what life was like when Jesus was born.  Children and families were met at the City Gates, assigned to a Group Caravan, and spent the evening traveling the crowded streets of Bethlehem.  It was a busy time!  A multitude of tasks needed to be accomplished in the Inn – kneading mounds of bread dough, grinding various salts and spices and washing the endless piles of laundry.  Official Roman soldiers ensured that all signed in at the Census Taker’s Office and payed the required tax, while scribes assisted families in creating a personalized Bible Verse Scroll.  Lots of little sheep participated (baa baa!) in the parable of the Lost Sheep at Star Gazer’s Hill, and all knew that something really special was happening as they entered into Prophet Hall at the end of the evening.  Mara remembered in her closing prayer the words of the prophets.  What a joy it was to see the prophecies fulfilled as the night ended outside at the manger scene, complete with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, surrounded by a menagerie of live animals.  All enjoyed cookies, hot cocoa and s’mores at the fire pits while the church choir sang Christmas carols.  It was a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas season.  Many thanks to all who made it possible!                   ]]>