Sunday, December 7, 1941, is a date which will live in infamy, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed to Congress in a seven-minute speech the following day. Arguably it is the date which shaped the 20th century more than any other single day, although a couple other moments in 1945 and 1963 are definitely in the running for that distinction.
During the month of December we observe annually another day which does not live in infamy – quite the opposite. Arguably it is the date which has shaped the course of human history for the past 20 plus centuries more than any other single day, although a couple other moments around A.D. 30 are definitely in the running for that distinction.
Most of us celebrate Christmas for reasons far beyond its original purpose – the entrance of God into the world in human form. Christmas is a blend of mundane and miraculous. God interfered with human affairs.
Humanity has never been the same. That’s something to ponder this holiday season as we shop for gifts and sing the carols, as we enjoy the food and spend time with family.