From Mary’s (very human) point of view, it was all in the timing. Census or no census, the last thing she needed in her condition was a long journey! Yes, she was young and healthy, but she was so big, and so very, very tired. Surely she would deliver soon!
She knew that Joseph, as always, would do all he could to help, but she was apprehensive about all that walking in hot weather, with swollen ankles, and backache too! Come to think of it, the backache was fairly recent. She had only really noticed it over the past couple of hours. Could it be that her labour was starting now, just as they were leaving? If so, that was really bad timing!
From God’s point of view, it was all in the timing too. His Son would be born in Bethlehem – David’s town – as foretold by the prophet Micah. As a descendant of King David, the infant Jesus was entering the world at a key moment in history as part of God’s rescue plan for his people. Perfect timing!
Take it in turns to talk about or show each other your most precious things. These need not have monetary value (though they might) but could include a favourite toy, a photo of a special day, a family heirloom and so on.
Hold on to those ‘precious’ feelings as you try to imagine each part of the story: the birth of Jesus, the song of the angels, the wonder and delight of the shepherds. What a precious time for all of them!
Use your ‘precious’ words and feelings to say short words and phrases of praise to God.
Visit your app store and search for ‘Guardians of Ancora.’ It’s free to download and play.
Open the app. Choose your game character. You can set up individual player accounts on the same device and each have your own character.
Visit the Training Room to learn about how to play and to meet Fabula, the chief storyteller of Ancora.
Now visit the Spire District and play a Bible Quest. Tap on the ‘game-controller’ button to open a carousel of Quests: scroll to ‘Angels and Shepherds’ and touch to play the first chapter.