It is certainly more convenient to post a quick sentence or two of condolence on the mourner's Facebook Wall, but that shouldn't preclude us from performing the tradition acts of comforting the mourners.
The Pilgrims, a band of Protestant outcasts, saw themselves as fulfilling this biblical story. In coming to the New World, they, too, had to cross a tumultuous sea, arrive in an untested wilderness and create a new "Promised Land."
When my wife and I had twins, we thought our friends would consider it "All Hands on Deck." Instead it was "Run Away!" When I got cancer, we thought it'd be "Run Away." Instead it was a great act of friendship.
I was offered exclusive access to DeMille's private papers and personal memorabilia collection. They portray a man obsessed with Communism and determined to turn the biblical prophet into an ardent Cold Warrior.
The truth is that even if we found a house in Nazareth with the names Mary and Joseph on the mailbox and a birth announcement of a baby Jesus carved into a wall, we'd still never find proof that God sent forth a messiah into the world.