As good citizens, Joseph and Mary registered as ordered. While the inevitability of death and taxes is a familiar adage, how ironic that the census intended as a means to collect taxes would include Mary, who carried in her womb Christ, the One Who would defeat death. Pray for fellow believers, as part of our Christian witness is modeled through our conduct as citizens.

This post is part of a series of reflections that take us through the Advent season. They are intended to help us set our minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Manning Brown, director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, compiled these reflections for his church while he was stationed in Germany.