“And she brought forth her firstborn son and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn”.
At Christmastide we remember that first nativity scene. Mary placing her new born baby in a manger for his bed. It is all too easy to romanticise and sentimentalise the nativity scene. The reality was that Mary gave birth to the Saviour of the world in a strange town, miles from her home and family, after an arduous journey. Let us pause to remember that this scene is still being played out today.
The Christian Charity “Embrace “ is doing something about it. They say: “Mums-to-be in the Middle East still face tiring journeys for healthcare. We have created an Alternative Gift that supports village clinics so mums and babies have a local place to go for development checks, medicines and advice. So, no long journeys by donkey are needed!” Janet Jenkins