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The devastating tornado in West Kentucky claimed at least 76 lives and destroyed over 1000 homes. First Baptist Church of Mayfield was badly damaged. Yet, the congregation gathered in the sanctuary to pray and sing even though there were no seats. To those outside the church, this doesn’t make sense. Why should anyone praise God after such loss? Here’s why: Jesus was born amidst a political storm 2000 years ago. He left heaven to enter into a broken world where there are tornados and loss of life. The good news of Jesus—the reason we celebrate Christmas is that he came to save us and give us hope. And that’s why the people at Mayfield can sing praises even in the wake of such loss and devastation.

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