And so Advent begins for another year and we turn our hearts and minds to the manger scene in Bethlehem that is soon to be read and/or acted out in churches all over the world. The strange scenario begs a question that is too rarely asked or answered in all the holiday excitement - WHY?
Why are angels appearing to shepherds and singing this joyful proclamation?
Why are wise men travelling across the world following a star in search of a new born king?
Why is a terrified political ruler murdering a generation of babies?
Why is a claimed virgin giving birth, in fact, why would there need to be a visitation from God at all?
I hope to see you Sunday as we set the stage for this wonderful season by searching out the answer to these and many more important questions.