We’re about ten days from Christmas, and soon people in churches and Christian homes will be reading the Christmas story out of Matthew and Luke, smiling as they read of angels and shepherds and wise men.
But if you want a very different, but equally true version of the Christmas story, check out today’s reading (Revelation 12). Now I’ll warn you, it’s not warm, and you won’t feel fuzzy. You’ll be reading about war, and a dragon, and it’s all a bit terrifying. But this is Christmas, and it’s the reality we find ourselves in, whether we like it or not. (So we’ve got that going for us.)