It's a good thing you were born at night.
This world sure seems dark.
I have a good eye for silver linings.
But they seem dimmer lately.
These killings, Lord. These children, Lord.
Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.
The whole world seems on edge.
We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs.
Are we one button-push away from annihilation?
Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas.
But you were born in the dark, right?
You came at night.
The shepherds were nightshift workers.
The Wise Men followed a star.
Your first cries were heard in the shadows.
To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame.
It was dark.
Dark with Herod's jealousy.
Dark with Roman oppression.
Dark with poverty.
Dark with violence.
Herod went on a rampage, killing babies.
Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt.
You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.
Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day.
Won't you enter ours?
We are weary of bloodshed.
We, like the wise men, are looking for a star.
We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.
This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.
*Max Lucado wrote this five years ago in response to the Newtown tragedy.
It occurs to me that precious little has changed. In fact, it’s worse. So many more shootings since—acts of terror. Let’s call it what it is—Terrorism.
How long does it have to go on?
Where’s the tipping point?
I’m sick of hearing about “thoughts and prayers.”
Sure, thoughts and prayers are nice, but…
When do we take action?
When do we get in the game?
When do we move to change policy?
In this time, in this place, for this generation—I pray that the peaceful, tranquil, gentle infant Jesus be born anew in us. This world is cold, ruthless, ambitious, angry, violent, and mentally unstable.
Jesus comes to show us a way through it, a way forward.
Pray we meet Jesus with a lit candle so, like Mary and Joseph—
Not only can we see his face, but others can too!
He is our hope.
Our only hope!
Merry Christmas to you.
And a Happy New Year shout-out for thoughts and prayers that turn to action!
Let this be our year.
Come Lord Jesus, come!
Grace and peace,
I'm going away after Christmas—The Blog returns on January 10.