Authentic faith doesn’t ask you to smile and pretend everything is okay when it’s not.
Faith isn’t blind optimism. Faith is clear-eyed rule-breaking love. Faith can change the world.
God's power does not enforce the border. God breaks through. God’s power seldom corresponds to our plans, to our carefully drawn lines. The Christmas story tells us that our God is a God of disruption, who shows up in the least likely moments, who demonstrates power in the strangest of circumstances. God's power often circumvents our human authority.