We hear the sound of hooves finding purchase along the rocky path, an echo of our progress on the journey toward light.
Carrying the expectant one, mindful of each jostling step, the way is steadied as the family presses on.
Under the canopy of stars and anticipation, the darkness begins to yield to the grasp of dawning light.
The night will shudder with labor pains, and the ground will rise up to greet the hope of generations.
Fists punch into the clamoring air of longing and deliverance, parents and child yield to the love that embraces all, welcomes all, cherishes all.
Nothing is the same.
Everything is awash in love.
Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover, she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups. She occasionally succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence.
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