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Christmas Eve guest post by Pastor David Magowan

  Christmas normally involves travel, as families get together - but not this year!  Not so many will be driving home for Christmas in 2020 as a consequence of the social restrictions due to the pandemic.    Many people were travelling the first Christmas. Pregnant Mary and her husband Joseph walked 90 miles over the hills to reach Bethlehem. Many others like them were travelling because the Roman census required them to return to their ancestral towns to register. Some shepherds travelled a much shorter distance from the fields outside Bethlehem to see a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger, whose birth had been announced to them by angels!  The Magi (wise men) came many hundreds of miles, possibly on camels, as they followed a strange star in order to give presents to a new-born king.    But the person who travelled the furthest that first Christmas was the baby in the manger.  The distance he came isn’t measured in miles, but in the extreme humbling of himself.  He c
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