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Christmas Deer

As I left church on  Christmas  Eve I noticed five  deer  grazing through our “back forty.” I typically see these  deer  on  Christmas  Eve (technically  Christmas  Day). I haven’t seen them on any other night. I call them  Christmas   deer . I look for them on  Christmas ; they rarely disappoint.  This year as I watched them peacefully make themselves at home at St. John there was something holy about the moment. See, at 12:00AM on  Christmas  Day things feel different at St. John. In fact, things feel different in Williamsville. The world seems different. Stars shine brighter. Life is calmer. Individual snowflakes seem precious - each in their own way. The world is quiet. Silence speaks. The Divine seems near.  As I drove away from church I thought briefly about the faith of those  deer .  How wonderful , I mused to myself,  that even the  deer  know to worship baby Jesus on this night.   How great is it that creation itself pauses for adoration!?  I thought of the animals p