We’re at that point: the place somewhere between the excitement of the approaching celebration and the fulfillment of all the plans and preparations.
The longing time. Longing, in some ways, to move on because it seems life is too hectic. But really longing for all this to be more meaningful. To be more than all the decorations and traditions. Feeling a little weary but hopeful.
“My soul faints with longing for Your salvation, but I have put my hope in Your word.“ (Psalm 119:81 NIV)
Little boys – ages 1, 2, and 3 – stare in awe at all the twinkly lights. I stare in awe at them. Like three wise men they circle around the tree. They stare big-eyed at the houses decked out with the stuff of Christmas. They giggle and run, feeling the excitement even if they don’t quite get it yet.
Oh Jesus, let that be us. Teach us anew to circle around the cross. To stare in wonder at Your Word. To live the excitement of Your Advent. “And the Word came in the flesh, and lived for a time in our midst, so that we saw His glory–the glory as of the Father’s only Son, sent from His presence. He was full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 WNT)
Fill us with Your grace and truth to make us wise. Help us learn true wisdom is found when resting in the presence of our Savior. Calm our earthly longings and point us toward the eternal promise: God with us. Emmanuel!
While angels may not appear in our dark nights, remind us they are still singing: Glory to God in the highest! And while chaos may try and suck us in, remind us that we have the peace and goodwill of God – which is for all who believe: Jesus, born to us.
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people…a Savior has been born to you; He is Messiah the Lord…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:10b, 11b, 14 NIV)
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