Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac

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A 2023 nativity scene shows baby Jesus wrapped in a keffiyeh and placed in a pile of rubble in the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, the West Bank.Maja Hitij—Getty Images

Christ in the Rubble A Liturgy of Lament Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church Bethlehem Saturday, December 23rd, 2023

We are angry…

We are broken…

This should have been a time of joy; instead, we are mourning. We are fearful.

20,000 killed. Thousands under the rubble still. Close to 9,000 children killed in the most brutal ways. Day after day after day. 1.9 million displaced! Hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed. Gaza as we know it no longer exists. This is an annihilation. A genocide.

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