Mixed with the joy and anticipation of Christmas are discordant themes of uncertainty. Drought. Massive government debt. High unemployment and a sluggish economy. Nuclear posturing in Iran and North Korea. Political disillusionment in the U.S. And recently, yet another mass shooting at a school. Yes, the fear factor is high?a profound variety spoken of in many American homes, schools and businesses. And whispered in the quiet corners of our hearts.
Amid current events that cause us to tremble in the darkness, what better time to hear the words of the angels that first Christmas: ?Do not be afraid. I?bring you news of great joy that will be for all people. Today, in the town of David, a savior has born for you; he is Christ the Lord.?
In so many ways, circumstances have changed from 2,000 years ago, but the inclination to be intimidated by the difficulties of this world is as real as it?s ever been. We need to ponder the truth of that ancient announcement, and embrace the news of great joy for all of us looking for hope in the midst of a broken world. It is still within reach. ?DR