Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent 2013 : Day 21

Joseph, the Southern lad, returns home with his Northern bride.

We don’t know whether that is ‘home’ to his mum and dad, or ‘home’ to more distant relatives: it matters not – either way, they are welcomed in. It is inconceivable within the Code of Middle Eastern family that it should be otherwise.

The small guest room does not have enough room.

We don’t know whether that is not enough room for Joseph and Mary to sleep in, because there were already other guests; or simply not enough room for Mary to give birth in – that they stayed in the guest room, but she laboured in the main room, the room the family and their animals slept in, altogether.

But we do know that this is a familiar story.

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