weeping and loud lamentation,Rachel weeping for her children;she refused to be comforted,because they are no more." Matt. 2:18
The third Advent candle shines as many tears are shed after the violent mass murder at a Connecticut school this week. Anyone who is a parent, teacher, student, or caring citizen of the world is saddened by the senseless slaughter of innocent children and their caregivers. Our pastor spoke last week about the evil and violent rule of Herod the Great and reminded us that preoccupation with power, possessions, prestige and paranoia is still the way of many in the world. This same evil would cause us to live in fear and raise our children in a culture of fear. History repeats itself over and over again. It is easy to ignore suffering in the world until evil is close to home. Our feeble efforts to protect ourselves from an overwhelming darkness are futile.
And we wait for the Light, for our Saviour and Redeemer.
Jesus taught the crowds on the hillside.
watch, wait, serve, suffer, love, give, rejoice, mourn andhope.
Light of light, we humbly pray,Shine upon Thy world today;Break the gloom of our dark night,Fill our souls with love and light,Send Thy blessed Word again,“Peace on earth, good will to men.”
Douglas L. Rights