Last week was a hard week.
For many people.
For many communities.
For many families.
Violence ruined lives and crushed families.
Hope was lost and sadness took over.
Teenagers faced the loss of a classmate – at her own hands.
And right before Christmas!?!
Why are things so ugly right now? Why can’t we just enjoy the waiting for Christ?
Enjoy the time of Advent?
Enjoy the family time? The church services that lift us with joy?
Because this is not our home.
This is not where we belong.
This is a sad and imperfect world.
A sin filled world. A violence filled world. An anger filled world.
I shared a story on Facebook that a black art professor told of his encounter with the police. Bam! Anger, frustration, discontent and racism blow up all over in reaction to his telling his perception of what happened to him.
Christmas has the potential of being something extra special this year. In a year and a week and a month filled with hate, violence and discontent, Jesus comes and shares light and love.
In a year filled with terror, Jesus comes and says, “Peace.”
In a year filled with sadness and heartbreak, Jesus weeps with his people.
In a year and a week and a month filled with so much anger, so much violence, so much political stupidity, we have the opportunity to be God’s light.
To spread the news.
To be the shepherds and share the good news that even in the violence and the sadness and the anger, God is.
God is coming.
God is here.
May we cling to that fact even when others try to sabotage that joy, sabotage that happy.
They can’t touch my Jesus and even through the tears, they can’t touch the joy of knowing Christ is coming.
Christ is here.