The idea that millions believe that life comes forth from even the most grisly death stands in a defined contrast with so much that compels our attention in the world and its culture. Death and destruction, a demonic assault on life, human rights and the opportunities of peoples would have believe the worst about ourselves and our neighbors. Yet today there is a graphic testimony of millions who have not surrendered to that deadly resignation. Somehow we continue in a search for better ways to bring that vision of transformed life into reality. It is truly a season of contrast and challenge. For me personally, it also means another go with the cancer that lurks within and which now claims my full attention in this season. As we all pray for ourselves and our world, please also pray that I can accept my illness and the treatments that will begin shortly.