Do you feel as though 2012 kicked you to the curb, sucker-punched you in the jaw, sent you sprawling?
When I think about 2012, I will remember:
- Newtown, Connecticut, and 28 people killed by one — the second-worst school massacre in U.S. history.
- Hurricane Sandy – 128 people dead and over $50 billion in damage.
- Trayvon Martin shot dead by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
- Aurora, Colorado, where gunman James Holmes killed 12 and wounded 58.
- A September 11 assault in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
- Penn State and its sex-abuse scandal. Joe Paterno’s legacy tarnished and Jerry Sandusky convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys.
- The “fiscal cliff” that will trigger automatic tax hikes and spending cuts and our elected leaders unwilling and unable to come to a fair compromise.
- Over 3,000 coalition deaths in Afghanistan as part of ongoing operations since the invasion in 2001.
- Europe’s debt crisis that has hit Greece, Portugal, Ireland, and Spain the hardest.
- Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani shot in the head for demanding education for girls.
We are a weary world, and we need a reason to rejoice. Well, here it is.
You are not alone. You have reason to hope, and hope pushes away despair and grief. We can mourn and rejoice together this Christmas – mourn and remember those taken from us, too soon, too horribly. But we can rejoice in the expectation and hope of a better life after this one. A thrill of hope.
Wishing you peace and love at Christmas, and always.