Children died in massacres in Syria, Kenya, and in Aurora, Colorado this year. What brings groups and individuals to the point of perpetrating mass murder and annihilating young life? Herod was motivated by fear, by power, and possibly by revenge and jealousy. He was no different than the perpetrators today.
The child Jesus is born into a world of suffering and brutality. The UN is investigating the Syrian regime. Feuding ethnic groups have been forced into peace talks by Kenyan police. A young man has been arrested and awaits trial in Colorado.
Weeping with Rachel, singing with Mary, for peace, truth, and justice we pray. May we be courageous midwives who stand against the powers that oppress and destroy victims . . . and perpetrators. Amen.
Rev. Laurel Ragland
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)