The last few days have been hard. We as a nation witnessed the horrific mass murder of children and teachers by a crazed madman. This is the time of year for joy and hope, magic and merriment, gifts and giving. Perhaps that is why it is so unbelievable, so shocking. How could something so dark happen, especially at this time of year? How could this young man be so devoid of hope that he was willing to embrace evil and destroy innocence?
Evil exists, and unfortunately that is why Jesus had to come. During Christmas we so often focus on just the little baby in the manger, forgetting why he had to be born in the first place, and the man and Savior that He would be. Jesus had to come for such a time as this; we must remember that He ultimately came to vanquish evil, beginning first in the hearts of men. He alone is our hope for the final end of grief, the final end of evil, the final end of death. Oh, how we need that reminder now!
I cannot begin to comprehend the level of grief and mourning in that small Connecticut community. I am not even a parent and the sorrow brings me first to tears, and then to my knees. I am praying for those that have to plan a funeral instead of planning for Christmas. I am praying for those who will always have the picture in their minds of those little ones lost, as they set about doing their job. I am praying for the survivors, who now have to struggle to understand why they were spared. I am praying for a community who is struggling to find the light in the midst of so much darkness.
Is there light? Is there still hope? How can we fill the cold emptiness and sorrow that we feel inside? The answer lies in that very stable, in the manger, in the One who has come this Christmas day. That little baby is the source of the Light that will fill our hearts, dry our tears, and heal our wounds. In the end, He will have the victory, and the only emptiness that will remain on earth will be that of an empty tomb.
Remember, Christmas is the only the beginning of the defeat of evil. We must not allow darkness to steal that joyous knowledge from our hearts. If we do, it will not stop until it takes everything else along with it.
Merry Christmas, dear friends. May the Savior who came so that we may have life bless you and your families with His light, His hope, and His peace.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince Of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with Judgment and with Justice from henceforth even forever.“ Isaiah 9:6-7, The Holy Bible
“Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14, The Holy Bible