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A “manger” experience
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
When we encounter something that seems to have no obvious solution or is even unjust, I’ve found it so helpful to ponder some of the elements surrounding the birth of Christ Jesus. Can you imagine the concerns an expectant Mary must have had to overcome when she and Joseph needed to travel from the familiarity and safety of home to pay taxes to an occupying foreign power? She was just about to give birth, and on top of this, there was no room at the inn!
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