Christmas Proclamation: Rachel, Dry Your Tears

Thursday, 03 May 2007

There is a dark side to the Christmas story. My son discovered it when he was only three years old. His mother read him a paraphrase of the Christmas story from Madeleine L'Engle's book The Glorious Impossible. The book is beautifully illustrated with full-color reproductions of Giotto's paintings of the life of Christ from the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. As they read, my wife and my little boy came to a painting entitled "The Massacre of the Innocents." In it Giotto depicts King Herod's soldiers searching for the baby Jesus and putting the ...

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