Each of us needs to be in church this first Sunday after Christmas, on our knees asking God’s forgiveness. We as a nation have turned our back on our creator and evil stalks our land. We have sought instant gratification in alcohol, drugs, power, sex, money and guns and on and on. Violence dominates our television, movies, video games and our personal discourse.
Our political system seems broken and political gain has replaced statesmanship. We have sent the very best of our young people to fight wars — wars that we question whether we can or won’t win.
God has formed us in his own image, giving the whole world into our care. When our disobedience has taken us far from him, God has not abandoned us to the power of evil and death but calls us as individuals and as a nation to repent and return to God’s care.
Every Christmas and especially these 12 days of Christmas we need to celebrate that God sent his only and eternal Son, Jesus Christ, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to God our father of all.
Run! Don’t walk, bring your family and friends to the church of your choice. The light of Christ has come into our very dark world and the darkness will not overcome it. Thanks be to God!
I pray each of us had a blessed Christmas and a bright and healthy New Year as one nation under God!
May God bless America.
Father Dale McQueen is from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.