Monday, December 21, 2009

A Decade of...

Once again The Big Picture has stirred me with images I can't get out of my head. Alan Taylor has put together 50 photos that sum up the last decade, the "noughties" is my favorite way of describing them so far. What strikes me that I would probably have picked similar pictures to describe the decade but coming to that realization also saddened me. For this decade has been a hard one.

War. Natural Disasters. War. Political Struggles. These seem to be the focus of these 50 pictures and I realize that it has been a sad decade. Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, war, terror, fear, death, embarrassment, meltdown, recession, and pain could all sum up these past 10 years. Where is the hope? Where is the peace?

Time Magazine called this the "decade of hell." On some levels it has been. But I guess as we stare at the end of another year, another decade, we know nothing about what the next one will hold. As we finish the last leg of the Advent journey maybe it is even more pertinent to hear the message of Christmas. As we look back on "those days" (Luke 2:1) and see the sadness and hopelessness, may we be transformed by "this day" (Luke 2:11).

In a decade rattled by fear, may we hear once again the angel's first message after the Christ Child entered the world...

"Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord." (Luke 1:10-11)

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