The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bethlehem's hubbub

God never liked too much quiet

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!

I wonder how quiet it really was in Bethlehem. Luke's Gospel tells us that the taxation decree of Caesar Augustus required citizens to go to their "own city." That would mean that each town would be crowded with people who either used to live in that place or whose ancestors did. Since Joseph was a descendant of David, he went to Bethlehem, where I suppose he met a lot of relatives. It must have been a world-class family reunion.

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