Sign warning you before entering
Once you get through the turnstiles--no passport check or anything to get in, only to get out. You can walk along the Israeli built border wall, meet many nice folks along the way, and finally reach Manger square. Here you are where God became man. Think about that! As unlikely a place today as it was 2000 years ago. I decided to skip the church of the Nativity and go to the Milk Grotto. Very nearby, and an ancient pilgrimage site that is said to have been where the Holy family found refuge from King Herod's soldiers who had come in to Bethlehem to kill the children. Legend says a drop of milk from the Virgin Mary fell on the ground here and turned the floor of the cave white.
Bethlehem where King David was born, Ruth found favor with Boaz, where Samuel came to anoint David as king, where shepherds came and wisemen visited, where God became incarnate in order to show the world a better way---Indeed, a dangerous place!
|The Milk Grotto|
Biggest danger for me...I was late for dinner and had to settle for a couple pieces of fruit and a delicious Teybeh beer, which by the way is also very dangerous and not allowed to be imported into the US. Seemed safe enough. I'll be back to Bethlehem again later and will put up some pictures of the more traditional sites.