It may come quietly, sometimes even faintly - like the whisper of the wind in the pine, like the light of one bright star shining on a meager manger, like the soft crush of Shepherds' feet making their way toward sacred surprise - but it definitely comes! It is the fervent desire of our prayers; it is the clear and deep need of our souls. It is both political and personal. It is what Christmas makes most possible: Peace! May God's peace meet us here in this hour and lead us through the year to come.