It is good that we get to celebrate Christmas for twelve days. There is so much to celebrate. The flurry of Christmas gifts, meal preparation, and family gatherings is too much to take in within the usual twenty-four hours allotted between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We need time for reflection. We need time to think about the amazing gift that was given to us at Bethlehem.
How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming, but in this word of sin,
where meek souls will receive him,
still the dear Christ enters in.
--Phillips Brooks, "O Little Town of Bethlehem", verse 3
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek
Photos by Linda McCloud: The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
Top: Greek Orthodox portion of the church
Middle: The Chapel of St. Joseph
Lower: Shrine marking the spot where Jesus was born.
It is in a cave under the main portion of the church.