At the birth of Jesus, there was much weeping in the land because of the death of innocent children. Matthew quotes Jeremiah “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children. And she will not be comforted, because they are no more.”
Although this week I can only manage to weep with Rachel…and all the parents of Newtown…and trust the God whose heart weeps as well, I cling to hope, even as I know that any future hope will bear the shadows of the terrors and sadness that we have known.
Our world is in such pain that we humans do not have the competence or the power to repair. But that does not mean that we are not incompetent, nor are we powerless. Yes, our world is broken. But we are capable of courage. We are capable of compassion. We are capable of prayer…that we will find the will to do what we can to protect and care for the innocents among us.
At Jesus’ birth, human beings did not look very good. But God looked very, very good.