In a world where children kill other children with deadly weapons they can easily obtain from their parents, or leaders can kill and mutilate thousands of their own citizens, or women can be traded and treated like cattle and for that matter where cattle can be treated so horribly it is difficult to understand what value God sees in this world.  Why does he even bother with us?

Then we have these most famous words from the Christ:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

Apparently God believes that the world is worth saving.  So much so that He gave his only begotten Son.  When I feel to wonder what good is there in the world I think of this verse and I look a little harder. There is much too much to mourn but there is also hope.  As Longfellow most eloquently penned and we so happily sing at this time of year:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”