Christmas Anticipation Realized

Nancy Dorner

READ : Luke 2:25-38

Both Simeon and Anna were very old and had waited years for the Messiah’s birth. Seeing him satisfied a lifelong yearning of these two godly people.

Unlike them, we have known of the Savior’s birth for most of our lives. They waited years in eager anticipation. Do we eagerly anticipate the Messiah’s birth as they did? Or have we become excessive or even annoyed by all the necessary preparation for Christmas?

Let’s vow to keep Christ in Christmas every day of December! Why not set a place for him at our table each meal. Tie celebrative balloons to his chair. String crepe paper banners from the chandelier. Put a wrapped gift at his place every day something for a poverty-stricken child or a homeless adult. “For as much as ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25:40, rsv).

If we prepare packets with our children and help them deliver them to hospital patients, the elderly, shut-ins and prisoners, we will be giving three times: once to the needy, once to the Lord, and, perhaps most of all, once to our children as we demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas.

PRAYER

Father, fill us with your Spirit so we may accurately express the Christmas spirit. Amen.