The Rev. Melanie McCarley
In the midst of the frenetic activity defining much of this time of year there are few activities more centering, more peaceful and (indeed) more hopeful than to reach for the stillness bestowed upon us when we contemplate the night sky. In truth, it is the same sky into which the shepherds looked and wise men gazed. It is the sky which, as we are reminded in the Gospel lesson for this morning, heralds signs of importance easily missed should we confine our view to the horizontal and ignore the vertical.