Born of a Daughter of David
by Dr. J. Vernon McGee
In former years one of the most enjoyable experiences of life was to take a vacation by touring the country, as it was called in those days. You'd get the old car greased, fill it with gas, take along two or three extra tires, load in the family, get a road map, then start down some highway, following the markers as you went along. There was nothing more exciting than to hit the open road and go down a highway over which you had never driven before. Columbus did not get a greater thrill than those of us who took that kind of trip. And I'm confident that Marco Polo never had a finer experience in all of his explorations than those of us who went down a new highway.
It is true that the highways back then were not freeways. In fact, they were not very good oftentimes, and there were many detours. They were not too well marked, and there were not any of these fabulous motels along the way. It was indeed a luxury if you could stop in at a Harvey House for a meal. Today the increase of traffic, the big trucks on the highway, the excessive speed and difficulty in parking even in a country hamlet have taken away a great deal of the old thrill and the keen enjoyment of taking that kind of a trip.
A little town in the Midwest has a sign posted on the highway as you approach it: "Don't be discouraged if you don't find a place to park. Remember it took Noah 40 days to find a place to park."
The story is told of a man in Los Angeles who was walking down "automobile row," saw a beautiful car in the window, went in and priced it, then purchased it immediately. The salesman, who was very excited, said, "I suppose you'd like to drive it away with you right now." "Oh, no," the customer said as he looked at it, "I'd never be able to find as good a place as this to park it." So he left it at the place he had bought it!
Well, during this Christmas season I'd like you to take a trip with me to Bethlehem. We are going to need a ...
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