Today, Bethlehem is a place of hope and sorrow. As we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, take 5 minutes to watch this video from modern day Bethlehem.
When we hear the Christmas story, we imagine Mary, Joseph and Jesus in a whole other time and place. What did the manger look like? What was the landscape like? What did it mean that gifts were brought to Jesus? This video helped me imagine a bit of what the place looked like when Jesus was born. Would Jesus even recognize Bethlehem today with its walls, cars and smartphones? In the video, can we sense that Jesus is still in Bethlehem today, dwelling among the people in the joy and pain of their daily life?
Where did you sense the presence of Jesus this Christmas?
What surprises you about modern day Bethlehem?
What similarities to do you see between modern day Bethlehem and Biblical Bethlehem?