Christmas headlines are somber in many parts of the world, including Bethlehem. Midnight Mass was canceled in Gaza and worshippers in Indonesia were searched and "swept for bombs". In Islamabad, Pakistan:
There were no Jingle Bells, pine trees on the streets or massive shopping sprees as Pakistani Christians prepared Sunday to celebrate Christmas amid lingering fears of attacks by radical Muslims.
From Great Britain:
British intelligence and law enforcement officials have passed on a grim assessment to their U.S. counterparts, "It will be a miracle if there isn't a terror attack over the holidays in London," a senior American law enforcement official tells ABCNews.com.
The terror threat is "sky high" in France and Great Britain for a Christmas attack on the Tunnel Channel.
As Nina Shea wrote in December 2005, Christmas can be deadly.
But our faith remains.
Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, "Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him."
And they shall be called The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD; and you shall be called Sought out, a city not forsaken.
Isaiah 62: 11-12