I watch my kids fairly bubble with excitement about the rapid approach of Christmas
We smile and laugh.
We watch Christmas movies and munch on Christmas treats.
Yet my mind continually returns to the horrors on the news that I strategically mute or turn off when kids enter the room....
trying to protect them from the ugly reality that some families are facing today.
So as I continue to celebrate the birth of a baby boy in a small town called Bethlehem
this year my heart also aches for those families in a different small town
who instead of celebrating
are planning what no parent should ever have to plan for their own child.
As you gather with family and friends
remember those whose hearts are hurting
as well as the hope that we have beyond the hurts of this life.
Hug your kids tonight.