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In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered… Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem… He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. (Luke 2:1)
I want to be Augustus in this story. Augustus is decisive and strong. He is the powerful one, the one with all the glamour. When Augustus speaks people listen. He has the ability to get the job done.
Augustus makes me realize how often I feel powerless. There are so many times I am not sure exactly what is going on and find it hard to know how to act decisively. I do not see clearly the best way forward. I am confused and bewildered. The world is a puzzling place.
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