December 10, 2019
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. – 1 Corinthians 2:9
When I was a young child, my anticipation always escalated as Christmas Day drew near. Every year we held a Christmas program at our school house, and all of the students participated. The program emphasized the Christmas story, and I still remember one of the verses we recited: “C is for the Christ Child, who was born on Christmas Day.” We had fun during the program, and also on the way there, when we would light off fireworks as we walked along. I also remember how excited we were for what came after the program—the teacher had a gift for each child. It was a small gift, but we were happy and thankful for what we received. After the Christmas holidays, though, it was back to school, homework, and chores on the farm. The “fun” was short lived.
My anticipation of Christmas day has changed a little since my childhood days. When I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ now, I do it with a truly thankful heart because I understand how God sent His “only begotten Son” so that I could have everlasting life. And while I still enjoy our annual family traditions, my heart is anticipating something more enduring these days. Just as the Christ Child came on Christmas Day, we are promised that He will come again—and that will be a day to celebrate! Presents, pageants, desserts, and carols are fun, but every year they come to an end. However, when Jesus comes again and takes His own to Heaven, the celebration will last for eternity! We are told that we cannot even imagine the good things God has waiting for us there.
What a thrill it is to the Christian to know and to tell others of the wonderful things God has prepared for all who love Him. As the days progress, I know our anticipation grows. May we keep our hearts ready as we look forward to that wonderful day!