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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 Christmasdeer. 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 present at that first Christmas (a don…