For those of you who have never opened a present early or even had the desire to do that you may stop reading now.
There are those people who are comfortable with anticipation and building energy for a certain event in life. Then, there are those who have a lot of trouble WAITING! Those who have trouble waiting, are the ones who…no matter where the Christmas gift is hidden, will find it and open it. They will then attempt to wrap it so precisely that NO ONE will ever find out that they have opened this gift. Then they carefully placed it back in it’s secret place, thinking that one will ever know.
Listening to Christmas music beginning in August might give you a clue as to which category I fall into (or just knowing me may have tipped you off). I LOVE Christmas and it’s REALLY hard for me to wait – to anticipate the coming of the Lord. I want to celebrate all through November and December, and I would not mind celebrating a little in October.
My mother and a least 2 of my three kids are able to resist the urge to search for gifts’ before Christmas Day. While others of us are planning and stalking people in the house (or even now, those who lives miles away) to try to find out WHAT gifts we will receive. We are just too curious and it is just too much pressure to wait.
There is great strength in anticipation and waiting. I just don’t have that strength. If you are one who needs to walk through Christmas decently and in order, I admire you. If you are the one who goes completely overboard…I get it.
However you celebrate this Christmas Season remember to allow Christ to work through you. Remember to think through the seasons’s traditions and values. Remember to focus on the central message of HOPE and REJOICING, or SINGING PRAISES and ALLELUJAHS.
Celebrate each day fully, whether you celebrate with anticipation or whether you celebrate a bit ahead of time. Look for Jesus in each day as you journey through Advent: through this time of anticipation, this time of preparing for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
As you prepare, or as you wait, look for acts of kindness around you. Look for opportunities to serve. Look for times to quietly reflect on the blessings in your life. Search for moments of peace. Search for situations to be available to someone who is having a lonely or difficult day. Look for places of healing in your life.
Know that this seasons is about the Saviour of the World. The ONE who came to give us hope and joy. The ONE who came to show us how to love another and live in peace.
And as we enter into this Advent/Christmas season may the Lord bless you and keep you. May you feel God’s strength and power in your life. May you know the encouragement of the Holy Spirit throughout each day.