No, it’s not a generic wish for peace on earth, but a specific wish for those of us calling ourselves “Christian.” I wish that we — collectively and individually –could provide an example to the whole world of mercy, justice, civility, kindness, grace, acceptance, love, and joy, so that people would come to believe that faith in Christ actually makes some kind of difference. It is not that we should never have conflict, but that we negotiate our differences in a healthier way. It is not that we make everything right, but that we speak out in the face of injustice. It isn’t that we compromise our values, but that we value respect and dignity as much as we value being righteous. I wish we could become the body of Christ, able to serve and give and heal whenever and wherever we are — beginning in our own congregations.