We immediately fell in love with Johnny and his family. He invited us to join them for dinner tonight in Bethlehem and we looked forward to it all week.
At 8 p.m. we arrived at Manger Square in the heart of Bethlehem for dinner at St. George's restaurant. Johnny and his family arrived, along with numerous friends and family. This was no ordinary dinner as we had supposed - it was a grand feast of celebration in honor of a few people, but most of all, it was Johnny's birthday.
It was an incredible honor to be welcomed guests of such a highly respected, prominent Christian family in Bethlehem. We were welcomed as long-time friends, though we'd just met that week. It was like Thanksgiving with long-lost relatives I didn't even know I'd been missing for so long. There were almost 40 wonderful people at the feast - including the Archbishop of the Church of Nativity.
The final treat of the meal was the traditional shot of rich arabic coffee, spiced with cardamom. Little dab 'ill do ya. It's more addicting than watermelon.
...I was a stranger and you invited me in."