Today we consider a challenging text. The "murder of the innocents," as it is called, is a horrific thing to imagine. While this particular event may seem distant, happening so long ago in a distant land, we continue to live in a world full of suffering and injustice. Sometimes it even comes close to home. Though Christ is born, the world has not changed in this regard. Though we have welcomed Christ in our lives, they too are not immune from trouble and trial. Our text reminds us that even while such thing persist, God remain in our midst and his purposes for our world and lives stand unthwarted.