My reflection is from Living Faith:
Broken was the snare, and we were freed. Psalm 124:7
The apparent irony of it can never fail to strikers, I think – the memory of this terrible day, the slaughter of innocence – following almost immediately after the joyous celebration of the Nativity.
It’s a reminder of many truths: that the life of the Christian is a journey to the Cross, of the depth and gravity of the sin that Jesus came to save the world from. All of these can be unpacked theologically at great length.
But I think it’s also a reminder of something simpler: Life continues to be difficult here on earth. It’s even difficult during the Christmas season, and sometimes even because of it, as we look to the Child in the midst of loss, disappointment, loneliness, questions and grief.￼
And right there, in all of that, he sees our tears, hears our weeping. And somehow, in his own time, he does indeed, rescue us.
Loving God, I pray for those in pain and suffering.” Amy Welborn