In those days, a decree, an order went out from the rich and powerful, the ones with means, the rulers and despots: the whole world should be registered, put on lists, placed under tighter surveillance.
Everyone went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph went also, from the town of Nazareth in the Galilee south to Judea, to the city of David called “House of Bread” (bet-lechem), because he was descended from the house and family of David (this is a big deal, y’all).
He went to the forced registration with Mary –– a pregnant teenager he wasn’t even married too, y’all — and while they were in Bethlehem, the kid started really kicking. Mary’s water broke. The time had come.
And she screamed and breathed and screamed again, and finally her firstborn child came out of her, breathing on their own for the first time, given new life in a broken and beautiful world.
She wrapped him in dirty rags and put him in a manger, next to a filthy dumpster behind a sketchy 7Eleven –– because in that town there was no room.
Door after door had been shut in their face, accompanied by barely audible mumblings, something about “illegals” and a “wall” and “ruining our country.”
Now in that same region, there were homeless sharecroppers living in the fields, keeping watch over their crops by night. The lowest of the low. And yet, suddenly, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shown around them…and they were terrified.
But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I’m bringing you good news! Of great joy –– to you is born, today, in the city of David, a Savior who is the Christ, the Lord.”
The sharecroppers stood, dumbfounded. “To us?”
“Yes,” the angel smiled. “To you. Not to kings or powers or principalities. This news is for you. And this will be a sign — you’ll find a dribbling, farting baby wrapped in dirty rags out behind the 7Eleven. This is where God Herself has chosen to make a home. Right here. Today.”
Well, after this surreal scene, the sharecroppers flat out ran and found Mary, and Joseph, and that tiny li’l baby, wrapped in dirty rags out behind the 7Eleven.
When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child — and everyone who heard it was amazed at what these homeless sharecroppers told them.
But Mary, with a knowing and humble grin, treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
The sharecroppers returned, glorifying and praising God — YES!!! — for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told to them. Yes, them.

— Luke 2:1-20, adapted
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