Birds of a Feather

Advent: Week 3 December 17, 2012

Filed under: Holiday — kcfeather @ 4:00 pm

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We spent the third Sunday of Advent in airports and on airplanes, and so got lots of practice waiting. After a full morning and early afternoon of travel, we arrived in the Big Easy for a few days of fun (and lots of sleep) before heading to Dallas. Neither of us have been here before, but we are finding it to be a great city for exploring and wandering.

Last night, after checking in at our hotel but before dinner, we headed over to Jackson Square in the French Quarter, where we joined with many, many others for a good old-fashioned carol sing. From the Square, you can see the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral, so with all the candlelight it was really spectacular.

The Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, led the crowds in singing O Holy Night (not an easy song to sing well, but he did):

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

After the tragic news of Friday, the words rung so true – we are reminded of how weary we are, how weary our world is – and what great need we have of a Savior. Rejoicing in our weariness, what a strange concept. And yet, we believe that death will not have the final word. We look ahead to the new and glorious morn when Christ will come again and set all things new. And that indeed seems a reason to rejoice.

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