This oil painting by Palestinian Christian artist Zaki Baboun was painted in 2001 soon after his family home in Bethlehem had been hit by a missile, and there were injured children on the streets. It is a depiction of the Massacre of the Innocents. The accompanying notes in the resource note the absence of Jesus from the picture, and pose the question, where is Christ (God) to be found in such circumstances.
We used this poem by Madeleine L'Engle as a prayer...
This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.
That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honor & truth were trampled to scorn—
Yet here did the Savior make His home.
When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn—
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.