The Inn: December 19

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“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And … there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:6–7).

Noise echoed through the narrow streets of Bethlehem. Coins jangled as people shopped for food and supplies. Animals bleated and brayed as their owners led them along. Bethlehem was crowded! Many people had come to be counted for the census.

Some travelers stayed with relatives. Many travelers stayed at inns and guest rooms. These places had open areas that everyone shared. But they would not be the best place for a baby to be born. Besides, they were all full of people. There was no room for Mary and Joseph.

It was time for Mary to have her baby. Where could the baby be born?