Christmas Adam is here bringing with it one more degree of anticipation, the best part of Christmas. Our tree is quickly filling up with more presents and I am looking forward to a day off to spend completely with my family.
But as my Christmas anticipation builds and builds, my mind goes to another family who must have had some of the same feelings but for a much different reason. What Mary and Joseph were waiting for wasn’t snow or the latest gizmo wrapped in colorful paper.
Waiting for Christ, their baby son, what were they feeling? There is definitely no comparison, but the anticipation most feel for ripping off thin paper from boxes — or carefully pulling off tape then slowly revealing what’s underneath if you’re like me — has some connection. It’s waiting.
But as I reflect on the Christ child’s family, I cannot help but think about how their anticipation was tinged with fear. Christ’s coming was not the usual birth story, you know. Friends and family probably pulled a Ricky Ricardo, saying to the betrothed couple, “You got some splainin’ to do.”
Yet, the new family’s waiting ended in the joyous birth that would shake up the world forever, bring grace and spread peace to all who believed. So as I anxiously wait for Christmas morn, I try to turn my mind to what Christ’s family felt as they anticipated the birth of their son.
The most delightful part of Christmas, whether it’s wrapping gifts thinking of those you love or thinking about the at-the-time unknown promise for the future, is what many want to bypass. Enjoy the waiting. Delight in that wonderful feeling of looking forward to something.
How do you refocus your thoughts during Christmas? Or what takes up the most thought space during the holidays? I would so love to hear!