Ken Connor

Perhaps no piece of writing illustrates the poignancy of this story better than a poem attributed to Dr. James Allen Francis.  In his account of the  "one solitary life" that changed the world forever, Francis captures not only the awesome profundity of the Christian religion, but the inestimable value of each and every human life: He was born in an obscure village, a child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, Then became an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never did one thing that usually accompanies greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. While still a young man, public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One denied Him. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for His only piece of property - His coat. He was laid in a borrowed grave. Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone. Today He is the centerpiece of the human race. All the armies that ever marched, All the navies that ever sailed, All the parliaments that ever sat, And all the kings that ever reigned put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as that? One Solitary Life.

This Christmas, let us step away from the prevailing cynicism of the world and meditate on the miracle and sanctity of life, especially that most special life that God sent into this world to save all others.


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.