A Dad, a Mom and an Infant Child

A contrast in scenarios

A young couple with a baby
viewed their mission quite divine.
Who was this husband and his quiet wife?
Unlike the Holy Family
who emerged in Bethlehem
these two misguided killers lost their lives.

And they left their little baby.
How unthinkable! How cruel!
Terror’s vision is as selfish as it’s blind.
In a world beset by hatred,
ISIS chills us to the bone
as we look to ancient Scripture for a sign.

Where’s the peace the prophets promised?
Will this bloodshed ever end?
Is the message preached each Christmas just a ruse?
No! Emmanuel (God with us)
is that orphaned child’s hope
and the means by which we make sense of the news.