O little town of BethlehemHow still we see thee lieAbove thy deep and dreamless sleepThe silent stars go by . . .
Travelogue Day 1 en route to Hebron via Bethlehem — Jacob & Rachel, Genesis ch. 35 & 48
Travelogue Day 2 Leaving Bethlehem to find work — Levite priest, Judges ch. 17-18
Travelogue Day 3 Getting a concubine from Bethlehem — another Levite, Judges ch. 19
“In those days Israel had no king;all the people did whatever seemedright in their own eyes.”— the closing line from Judges (21.25)
“In those days Israel had no king;all the people did whatever seemedright in their own eyes.”— the closing line from Judges (21.25)“In the days when the judges ruledin Israel, a severe famine cameupon the land.”— the opening line from Ruth (1.1)
Travelogue Day 4 Leaving Bethlehem to find food — Elimelech & Naomi, Ruth ch. 1
Travelogue Day 5 Returning to Bethlehem — Naomi, Ruth ch. 1
Travelogue Day 6 Going to Bethlehem to find a king — Samuel, Samuel Part 1 ch. 16
Travelogue Day 7 Going to Bethlehem to find a king — wise men, The Good News According to Matthew ch. 2
O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray;Cast out our sin, and enter in, Be born in us to-day.We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell;O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel.