SMALL LIVES MATTER!
– Doug Bailey
In a time of unspeakable tragedies from obscene gun violence,
In a time when justice can seem to wear the face of “just us”,
In a time when God weeps over thousands of needless deaths,
In a time when jargon and jingle is an inadequate response,
Still, this Holy Season, another is offered: SMALL LIVES MATTER.
Truth told, in the large scheme of the universe, each of us lead lives that seem so small.
Our one brief life and presence on this planet seems small.
Our one witness, in the face of chaos, seems so very small.
Yet, the centerpiece of our faith and hope proclaims that one small life matters. Profoundly! One small life, one “little Child of Bethlehem”, born of refugee parents, in a shelter fit for animals, in a tiny village in a vast empire.
This one small life touches and transforms us in timeless and eternal ways. This small life is our Emmanuel, embodied in our fragile humanity. Changing every season, every crisis, every joy.
We become new again at Christmas by this small and large Body of God. This is the Life and Light of the world. Therefore, we spend the rest of our lives seeking to follow and reflect this Life and Light. Because of Emmanuel, SMALL LIVES MATTER!
May God’s Christmas Life and Peace be within us! Always!
The Rev. Dr. Doug Bailey
Founder and former President, Center for Urban Ministry, Inc.
Former Asst. Professor, Urban Ministry at WFU School of Divinity