|The most common route taken between Nazareth and Bethleem|
They walked. Or rode their donkey. Most think the trip took them anywhere from 3 days to a week to complete. Their trip was not climate controlled or comfortable. It was probably hot and dusty during the day, and cold at night.
Their trip was very real, and not as idyllic as Christmas cards depict. Their bodies ached after days of travel. They were tired. Bone tired.
As I pondered their trip, I tried to think of some of the aspects of life on the road. You have to eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom - just to list the very basics. Today, I'm letting my mind "go there." I'm on the road with Mary and Joseph, trying to imagine, very practically, what a day of travel back then was really like.
I hope you spend some time on the road with them too. Your gratitude quotient will go up.