Bethlehem

Incredible day…got to go to the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem! Wish Ruthie could have been here w me. I thought about her all day, because this is her favorite story in the Bible. Her favorite movie is the nativity.
When we arrived in Bethlehem we went to a shop that made carvings from olive wood. The olive wood has to sit and dry out for 5 years, then it is hand carved. Pretty awesome process…the finished one in the picture is the one I wanted but could not afford it! 🙂 Dang they’re expensive! Lol
After the factory we headed to the Church of the Nativity, where they are almost certain that Jesus would have been born in one of the stables (caves) below the church. It was an incredible experience going down in the cave and singing “Away in the Manger” with the brothers. The piece of concrete in one of the pics below is what a manger looked like back then, it’s a concrete horse trough for food essentially. This is similar to the one Mary would have laid baby Jesus in.

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