All Saints Messenger - December 22, 2016

posted Dec 22, 2016, 12:17 PM by Church Secretary   [ updated Dec 22, 2016, 6:03 PM by All Saints Gastonia ]
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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

The Incarnation, the coming of God among us in human flesh, happened in such a quiet and out of the way place that few even noticed when it happened. However, the impact on human existence has been like a bolt of lightning that continues to grow and generate new life and fire in all who share that hunger.

Jesus comes among us like the short seasons of firefly's - will we notice his presence in the street-sleeper? He pierces the dark like a silent, streaking hawk seeking food for hungry and defenseless new born babes. He will overturn this world's unjust foundations like termites undermining a window sill or wall. Like the bat's sonar, his call comes to each one of us uniquely - have we heard his urgent "come and follow"?

God is among us, and within us, and around us, encountering, nudging, loving, transforming the world and its creatures toward the glorious dream the shepherds announced so many years ago, toward the beloved community of prophetic dreams, and the nightwatch that proclaims "all is well, fear not, the Lord is here."

May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide. May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, and it is the harbinger of peace for all creation.

Merry Christmas!

Fr. Gary+