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December 23, 2013

GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Seek the Child; find the eternal hope of the world

Standing there, I see it. At the end of the checkout lane, two rows of heartbreak stretch long across a bulletin board.

Silent, I take it in. On every sheet, a name. An age. A black-and-white photo. The location last seen and, toward the top, date of birth.

They catch my eye, those words black and bold, trumpeted atop every page. “Have you seen this child?

“This child.” I’m scanning the faces, reading names, checking dates. Over here, two siblings gone missing since spring. Over there, a teenager disappearing in March. This one’s just 7, a Michigan beauty. And that one from Chicago, his grin is infectious.

I can scarce fathom, standing frozen in place, what heartache’s encompassed in these two forlorn rows. Behind every face, all those eyes is a story. A story that, if told, would put us, the sheltered, straight down to the floor, weeping aloud. For a child to go missing, what heart can bear that?

Behind me, cash registers ring up the purchases of harried shoppers. The music of the season, it plays, and outdoors a bell ringer calls cheer with a hearty, “Merry Christmas!”

“Have you seen this child?”

In this high and holy season, I’m thinking of the Babe, hope of the world; the poor, fallen, sin-sick world. I’m looking at them, and my thoughts turn to Him.

“Have you seen this child?”

Oh, have you seen this Child, the baby of Bethlehem? Son of Mary and Joseph? Have you seen him, Redeemer foretold and promised Messiah? Have you seen him? It’s gotten awfully dark down here, and we need a light. We need the Light. Need hope, need healing. We need Jesus.

In the whole of the Gospel story, perhaps nothing is so astonishing or unlikely as this, that the eternal God chose jars of clay to be his home. That he chose to join us here, wearing flesh, blood and bone, is a mystery. That he chose to live forever within the human heart is amazing. It’s grace. Amazing grace.

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