WOW! What an amazing difference a couple of plane rides can make! A week and a half ago, I was in the Philippines in 90 degree weather with humidity and clamoring for anything air conditioned. And by the way, our tour guide tried to convince me that the open-air buggy we rode in pulled by the smallest horse you've ever seen in our tour of Fort Santiago, was air conditioned does not count. Great tour but a lot of sweat as a buggy made for four Philippinos was packed with seven.
Now a few days later I sit freezing in Chicago as the first snow of the year comes in (pray our plane gets out on time).
A couple of plane rides and a few days later and I'm in an entirely opposite world. As opposite as these two worlds are, there are a few similarities. People are still in a hurry wherever they go; people are generally very helpful; the poor are everywhere; you can find Starbucks anywhere and the brewed coffee tastes the same; mothers look out for their kids; people laugh with their friends to hushed whispers on public transit; life is complicated and for the most part, people keep to themselves and are shocked by a smile and a hello.
Yes, there are quite a few differences as well, but all in all, people in general are just looking to live their lives the best way they know how and want to have happy families, a few friends, and a means to support themselves.
As we enter the Christmas season, I think that the world that Jesus was born into wasn't much different than ours. Sure there were no cars, or electricity, or Starbucks, but the general desires of mankind then are not much different than in the Philippines, Chicago, or Tacoma this very day. Ultimately, people are still in need of a Savior.
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased." Luke 2:14