Drawing Near.

Christmas continues to draw near.

The Child that lies in the manger, helpless and abandoned to the love of His creatures, dependent entirely upon them to be fed, clothed and sustained remains the Creator and Ruler of the universe. Yet, in this human nature of His, He wills to be helpless that we may take Him into our care. For here is no mere matter of appearances... He has embraced our poverty and our sorrow out of love for us, in order to give us His riches and His joy. He has become as poor as the poorest of us, that no man may be held back from Him by false shame.

Seasons of Celebration
-Thomas Merton

O Come to us, abide with us, our Lord, Emmanuel.

O Little Town of Bethlehem
-Philip Brooks

Pedro The Lion's version doesn't include the last verse, which is my favorite:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolves from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow