Maybe it’s because life is more brutal or technology puts you in touch with virtually everything that happens anywhere in the world or anxiety has permeated every facet of life. Whatever it is, it can make you numb to hope. So you try to deny what’s happening, convince yourself everything really must be okay because God’s in charge or just run away and hide. Which might give you a few moments – or days – of relief. But reality – and hopelessness – will inevitably intrude again. That’s why you need to plant yourself in the one place hope is always found: God who loves you so much God became one of us and entered into the mess and muck of real life to give you life that is abundant and eternal. So as you see that baby in a manger long ago and far away, remember yet again that this child is all the hope you will ever need.