With us? Good news?? God is with us, and this happens? And yet, what again of those boys in ancient Bethlehem? They weren't killed senselessly in anticipation of Christmas. They were executed intentionally because of it! They died because God had just arrived on the scene. Why didn't he arrive in time to save them?
But maybe that's the point. Maybe incarnation and martyrdom and humanity and life and death and childhood and complexity and terror and hope and sin and repentance and resurrection are all wrapped up in the same messy package. Maybe Jesus' arrival doesn't change everything. At least not all at once.