After taking a hiatus in 2014, I am blogging the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar again. This is my third time, and I thought it would be appropriate with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month. Each day, I riff a little bit on a (perceived) connection between Advent and whatever the LEGO Star Wars mini build is for the day.

This is meant to be lighthearted and fun.


Today’s mini build is really cool, the Sandcrawler. Making its first appearance in Star Wars, we see it slowly navigating the Dune Sea. It was originally intended as a mining vehicle, the bulky design was to help it against Tatooine’s harsh conditions. The harsh conditions often won. Soon, they became repurposed mobile homes for the Jawas when they took ownership after they were abandoned by mining corporations. A much easier travel across the Dune Sea.

Harsh conditions are never fun to travel in, and one can only imagine what Joseph and Mary’s travel to Bethlehem was like when when Mary was pregnant with Jesus. It can be hard to fully understand the travel conditions. What would take us an afternoon to travel by car, would take upwards of two weeks for them if conditions were ideal. Again, we don’t know. (Luke 2:1-7)

With Mary being pregnant, they would have to move slower than the caravan of people they would have (probably) been traveling with initially. Even if she is riding on a donkey, that still isn’t going to be easy on her body as she is about to give birth. She constantly would have been exposed to the conditions. There weren’t places she could find respite along the way. It would have been incredibly trying. Having watched my wife go through four pregnancies, and each of them increasing in difficulty, it’s hard to comprehend a teenage Mary enduring this journey. Such strength. She might respond, “What other choice did I have?” She might have already moved into mother mode by thinking, “These conditions are not going to harm or affect my son.”

A common rite of passage for young people is to backpack across some land in search of adventure and/or greater purpose. As Joseph and Mary trekked southward toward Bethlehem, I wonder what they were thinking. We know nothing for sure and can only speculate. I’m sure they wondered what a lot of soon-to-be first-time parents wonder, “This is really going to happen…”. It would soon be followed by another thought first-time parents have once their child is born.

“Now what?”

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