Everyone seems to be talking about how messed up the world is. Some speak out of absolute fear, others wax eloquently explaining why what is going on is going on, and still others try to use every single crisis as proof that their particular perspective is correct. But the fact remains that most people feel that the world is closer to spinning out of control than it was just a few years ago. So how do you avoid the fear, cynicism and despair that are the inevitable results of living in the 21st century? Embrace Christmas. Not by putting more energy into the tree, carols, gifts and parties – as wonderful as they are. But by going to the child born in a manger, inviting him to be born into your life and experiencing how the one who is the hope of the world is your hope every single day.