Hope, love, joy, and peace are the themes of the four weeks of Advent preceding Christmas, and celebrated by Christians around the world.

How unfortunate in this new year that they stand in contrast to the despair, hatred, sadness, and chaos demonstrated last week in Washington, D. C. The mob attacking the U. S. Capitol was incited to riot by the lame duck president; a climactic and tragic act of his divisive term in office.

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