December 18, 2019
Scripture: Luke 1:66
All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.
Thought for the Day: We associate these words with the greatness of John who would become the forerunner of Jesus, but maybe part of the problem in our world today is our inability to speak these words about every child, in every place. It does not matter if they are brown, white or black. It doesn’t matter their religion. It doesn’t matter their immigration status. At the end of the day, the story of Jesus’ birth requires any follower to place the value of another human being, especially children, above everything else. There is a lot of politics, positioning and posturing, but at the end of the day, the story of Jesus – from birth to death to resurrection – gives absolutely no wiggle room in regard to our calling to defend every human life. I’ll then add, especially the children who have the Lord’s hand upon them, each of them. If we don’t act with compassion and mercy, what then will these children become?
Prayer: Forgive me, O Christ of Vulnerable Birth, when I allow my ideology or bias or fears to determine the value of another human being, especially when that human being is a child. Amen.
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