Today we set off to Bethlehem. To get there from here, we needed to drive through a major Israeli check point, to get to the other side of the wall built to contain the Palestinians. No Jews can travel into the Palestinian area and no Palestinians can travel into Israel. The only exception is the Israeli Military forces. We were a bit anxious only because the check points and the Church of the Nativity are known for long lines.
Before we left the hotel, we prayed, singing all four verses of “Oh Little town of Bethlehem”. It was moving, to say the least.