A quote I keep turning back towards is this:
If they get you asking the wrong questions they don’t have to worry about the answers.
So, today, as I continue my preparation for Christmas with no answers in sight, I will do my best to ask the right questions.
What does it mean to say God with us in the face of the tragedy in San Bernardino and all those other places where anger and violence destroys lives and communities? And, what does it mean to sing about Peace on Earth as we remember the terrorist attack in Paris and the chaos in Syria and the desperate flight of hundreds of thousands refugees?
As I said, I have now answers.
And, if I attempted any answer right now it would sound empty and today platitudes do more harm than good. What I think I know is this. In the midst of everything else you and I do to get ready for Christmas, we also need to plunge in deeply and to carve out time to live with and to think about and to pray about what God with us and Peace on Earth ask of us so we can be ready for the kind of Christmas the world needs when Christmas comes.