We are entering the fourth Sunday in Advent. The journey has seemed both short and long. The perceived dichotomy of peace and business, hope and reality, joy and brokenness has led us to a place where many of us are ready to fall on our knees in exhaustion, confusion and sorrow at the state of our church and our world. But, I know the baby in the manger will revive us with stories of love, peace, joy, forgiveness – grace. So, while we are on our knees in the painful realization that we are not perfect, let’s take a minute to reach out to the baby who is and shed tears of gratefulness instead of pain.