The Time Draws Near

Dear sisters and brothers,
 
The time draws near.  Can you feel it?  The stars and the moon, the birds of the air and the flowers in the meadows, the little children and the aged - all of creation awaits to celebrate the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Word made flesh. And with joyful longing and hope filled expectation we prepare for His return. 
 
We look at the night sky and search for the brightest star.  We listen to hear the angels sing. The Lord has come! The Lord is here! Life has come! Love is here! Nothing will ever be the same again.  Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace and good will.
 
In the coming days, millions upon millions of people will gather in holy places to hear the story, yet again, of our Savior’s birth.  They will come with the truth of their lives.  They will come with their prayers and their dreams.  They will come with their grief and their tears.  They will come with faith and doubt.  They will come with belief and skepticism.  They will come following the star to find their way to the manger.  They will come to hear the angels sing.  They will come to see the Christ child.  They will come! They will come!
 
I invite you, my dear sisters and brothers, to hold in prayer all who come, all who long for life and love.  Hold in prayer all who gather in holy places to celebrate the nativity of our Lord that they will indeed hear the angels sing and know themselves to be in presence of the Holy Child.  And that nothing, nothing will ever be the same again.  Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace and good will. 
 
Christmas Blessings,

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The Rev. Paul Jeanes III
Rector