The kids are out of school. The packing has commenced. After practicing with our choir this morning for our Christmas eve and Christmas day services, I’ve got those Feast of the Nativity hymns in my head. I am anxiously anticipating that angelic announcement proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” All is not hopeless, or pointless! I am hungry for elation untainted by earthly cares. Come as you are, in whatever sorry state you are, to the manger. No one is excluded from the love of Christ; teach that to your children; live like you believe it with all your heart! Be gone with you fear, callousness and timidity! Prepare, my soul, to rejoice!