December is undoubtedly my favorite month. The weariness of a long year begins to slip from our shoulders. If we are lucky, we gather with our families and put other concerns aside. We enjoy amber light pressing out of the windows of our homes and spilling across our lawns. We enjoy trees that shimmer and dance with the memories of our childhoods. We enjoy the smells of bread and cider, the sounds of carols and laughter, and the sight of children tearing their wrapping paper into a thousand pieces.
But December is my favorite month primarily for another reason. As the days grow colder and the nights longer, it’s easy to imagine ourselves under a kind of occupation. Darkness crouches over the earth. Winter looms. The air is melancholy yet charged with a sense of anticipation. The Messiah is coming. We yearn for him. We long for the miracle in which God made himself present in our bitter and broken world.
For many followers of Jesus around the world today, Christmas is not a time of peace. There are no families to gather with, no homes to decorate. They are oppressed and downtrodden. We join with them in crying out for Jesus. For the grace and forgiveness of the gospel, yes, but also for justice. For wrongs to be made right. For love to come and conquer and reign.
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Timothy Dalrymple is Christianity Today’s President and CEO.
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