One of my most favorite authors is Max Lucado. Whether it is Child's Fiction or Adult Spiritual Growth Volumes, Max inspires. I really love this one and think you may need to hear this too.
May this season instill in your heart, the peace of the Nativity. That in the deep darkness of a winter night, our Hope arrived to bring eternal life.
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. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. 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 night shift
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.
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.
Merry Christmas my dear friends and a very peaceful New Year!
Until next time,