“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”
Poor Pooh didn’t know the special moment was called “Anticipation!”
Welcome to the month of December! Thirty-one days full of ANTICIPATION!
Isn’t that what Advent is all about? – The coming, the preparation, the anticipation of the birth of the Newborn King!
And then the next week after the birth of Jesus we wonder, fret, prepare and get ready to celebrate the ringing in of a New Year!
What are you anticipating for the month of December?
For some, it will be the first Christmas without a special loved one…
For some, it will be the first Christmas with a true understanding of the weight of the birth of the Christ child.
For others, it will be the umpteenth time they have read, heard and celebrated the birth of the Christ child and the challenge will be to find new meaning and new joy in the occasion.
For some, family will gather around the table and the tree and the smiles and the laughter will be enough to fill up 12 volumes of an encyclopedia.
For others, no family will gather around the table and the tree and the silence; and the silence will be enough to fill up 12 volumes of an encyclopedia.
Whatever the circumstances in our own lives, the Christ child will be born in the little-known town of Bethlehem, while the angels announce his arrival and shepherds hurry from their precious flocks to see the God-child invading history. The Wise ones will come from afar offering gifts of worship, adoration and praise. Young parents will marvel at the sight of it all.
All the while, we, as God’s people will…
Come Lord Jesus, Come!