Everyone knows the Christmas story. But the birth of Jesus was on this wise. The angel Gabriel had spoken to Zacharias, Mary and Joseph. Joseph took Mary as his wife. She was pregnant with Jesus. Mary was about 8 months pregnant when Ceasar announced a taxed on the world. Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem to be taxed. Joseph was of the house and lineage of King David. They traveled with a caravan. Mary rode a donkey for 90 miles. When they arrived in Bethlehem, so had the rest of family. There was no rooms available. Mary was having contractions. Joseph needed to find something quickly. Someone offered his stable. Thank God it was springtime. Winter in Israel is the rainy season. So, among the animals, the savior of the world was born. His crib was a feeding trough with hay as a mattress. Mary and Joseph were entrusted with mission more important than anything in this world. And they did with grace. Joseph and Mary stayed in Bethlehem for about two years. Until the wise men, kings in their own right, came to visit the King of kings.