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Anticipation, the heart of Christmas … the thought came to me

December 13, 2011

 … the thought came to me

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Ps 130:5-6

The Bible gives us the word picture of a watchman. Ever vigilant, on duty, scanning the horizon, anticipating a coming. That is active, persevering anticipation.

I like that picture.

At this time of year we are surrounded with symbols of anticipation. Anticipation and Christmas are almost synonymous.

We are neck-deep in secrets and surprises and plotting, all the while imagining the joyful responses that will come. We shop and place orders and assemble and wrap and stash away mysterious boxes, expecting one end: shrieks of amazement and delight on Christmas morning. Can you even imagine this time of year without the waiting and watching and counting the days?

What if I told you we have every reason to live that way all year? What if I suggested that anticipation can fill our days, even in the face of the uncertain and unknown?

Would you decide that I probably believe in a jolly old man in a red suit, too?


A Christmas tree with gifts is an ever-present reminder that we have every reason to live lives of anticipation. Seems like this is a good week to talk about anticipation, the heart of Christmas.

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