Everywhere I hear or see tragic news. A colleague with young children was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. A soldier’s family deals with the loss of their father and husband after a suicide bomb in Afghanistan. Political figures bicker and fight. Young children go without food during the holiday. Bad things have been happening since before Christ which is why, I reckon, the human race needed to create the Christmas story as we now know it. For me, the transformative give of Christmas is this: no matter how much bad is going on and no matter how much wrong I have created through my own actions, the power of love is still available right this minute. And, to participate in that love is to transcend the negativity that humans have been perpetuating since we were conceived. Let love reign!