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The Journey to Christmas


December 23, 2021


Pastor Chris Nitzel serves St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hartley.

The Bible tells us that Mary and Joseph went on an incredible journey to get to the birth of Christ – one of the most important events in the history of the world. The journey for them was two-fold: Physical and emotional.

The physical journey consisted of travelling from Nazareth to Bethlehem, roughly 80 miles. Eighty miles may not seem like a great distance to us, but that is 80 miles travelled by foot or beast of burden. At the time of this journey Mary could be nine months pregnant with Jesus. Instead of nesting and getting ready to give birth to her first born, she is on an incredib...

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