On each of the trips I’ve been blessed to take to Israel, our group has visited Bethlehem. A plain but beautiful cathedral marks the recognized birth place of Jesus. Behind the altar in the church is a cave, lit by lamps. There is a star embedded in the floor of the cave to recognize the location of the birth of the king.
However, to see the inside of the church as well as the cave/crèche, there is a hurdle to overcome. The door to the church is so low you can’t go in standing up. You have to crouch down to enter.
Our guide said that when the church was built, the door was constructed this way to prevent vandals from riding in on horses and desecrating the holy place. I took a more spiritual explanation away with me, from each of the five visits I have made to this great site. As we approach Christmas this year and the celebration of the birth of the babe in the manger who is the savior of the world, we can only get a close look—we can only witness God in human flesh—we can only worship him as Lord, when we get on our knees.
“O Come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.”