Maybe it’s because life is more brutal, technology puts you in touch with virtually everything that happens anywhere in the world or you’re going through a devastatingly difficult time. But the end result is the same. You become numb to hope. So you try to deny what’s happening, convince yourself everything really must be okay or just do your best to escape. While this may give you a few moments – or days – of relief, reality – and hopelessness – inevitably will intrude again. That’s why you need to run to the one place where hope is always found – the manger in Bethlehem. Of course, you may struggle to decide that’s what you need to do, take awhile to get there and wonder whether it will really make all that much of a difference. But when you decide to live at the hope place, you’ll discover it makes all the difference in the world.