It’s 12/23



Whenever it’s 12/23 my mind turns to Joseph and Mary traveling “from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem ….”  (Luke 2:4) This time each year I sort of obsess over a brave young peasant woman, accompanied by her lover, a very decent man, having to travel by donkey, over an awful terrain, to give birth to the Savior of the world. It reminds me that in a way, we’re all traveling to Bethlehem. We’re all journeying from here to someplace else.

Where are you going? Is the terrain awful? Are you alone? Or accompanied? Are there roadblocks ahead, or clear sailing? Is the journey exciting, or exhausting?

We’re all journeying. Know that where ever you are, where ever you go, you go not alone, but with the same Holy Spirit which accompanied that first Holy Family. Your journey is no less important. You are in my prayers as you journey on your path.

These are words my friend, Gail, shared with me. Words her father, also an Episcopal priest shared each Christmas, which I would like to share with you:

Enjoy, yes, cherish, the customs, symbols and legends of this holiday –

but more,

open your hearts and lives and let the Christ-child in,

so the humility of the Shepherds,

the perseverance of the Wise-men,

the joy of the Angels,

and the peace and love of the Christ-child

may be God’s gifts to you this Christmastime,

and in the days to come.

A Merry holiday, a blessed Holy day to you all.”


Peace friends,


P.S. Christmas Schedule at Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Christmas Eve Pageant (December 24, 4:30pm)

Christmas Eve Vigil (December 24, 10:00pm)

Christmas Day Service (December 25, 10:30am).

We hope to see you!



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