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I have a “private”  Facebook group for moms of LGBTQ kids. Many of the moms in the group (Serendipitydodah for Moms) are concerned about what the future holds for their kids – especially in light of the recent Presidential election in the U.S.

Niki Elenbaas, one of the moms in the group, posted an Advent Reflection and has given me permission to share it here.

Niki specifically speaks to what is potentially in store for Muslims who live in the U.S. – but the concern can also be applied to many other groups of people … LGBTQ people, Hispanics, African Americans, Jewish people, people living in poverty – even women – are fearful and concerned about their future.

So much hate has been given a voice and a stage. So much has been said about making America great again but very little has been said about specific things that would make America great.

As Christians we are called to make the world great … not great in military power or affluence, but great with love and kindness and generosity and hospitality and inclusion.

This is an especially important time for Christians in America to ponder what they want for their country – what spirit do they want to permeate their land – what message do they want to send out to the rest of the world – will it be a spirit of seclusion and selfishness?  a message of fear and hate?  or will it be a spirit of kindness? a message of radical inclusion and generous hospitality?

This reflection by Niki captures the fear and trepidation that so many of us are feeling this holiday season and invites us to ponder what we believe will make the world great …


In this last week of Advent I can’t help but think how Jeshua had a lot to say about “whatsoever you do to the least of these,” and nothing about building a great big fence.

And I can’t help but feel stricken to the core to realize how current news about potential government registration of all Muslims parallels the untimely journey that Joseph and Mary were forced to take at the order of a government which didn’t share their faith.

And then I cry to think that the visit of the Magi led to the slaughter of every male child under age two, because soldiers followed the horrifying decree of an evil, self-centered despot. I bet Herod said something about keeping Judea great.