I was so struck by this reflection on Christmas by Brent Strawn of Emory University entitled “A Pale Blue Christmas” I had to share it. He is challenging the trend in some churches of adding a new service into the regular Christmas fare to invite all who mourn. But, Strawn points out that he has a problem with making that service separate from the regular services because:
“…the reality [is] that sorrow and joy live together, in complicated ways, always.”
And, somehow, in that wrinkle between such sorrow at the death of Mack and yet such gratitude for his life and joy and time with us, I catch a glimpse of what I can only describe as Grace. And in that wrinkle the Christmas story has come alive for me.