A Child is born – A Son is given.
The anticipation can be excruciating at times. Our fifteen year old and I were driving home about an hour ago. We were recounting that same drive from that same gathering on Christmas Eve every year when she would look into the sky and look for any sign of Santa. If the distant blinking light was found in the sky that sent the anticipation level through the roof.
We should all anticipate…no, we are supposed to rest…no, we are to move ahead…no, we are to wait. It can be tough to get a clear signal at times as to what we are supposed to do.
We should anticipate. We are right at the edge of 2012. Personally, I feel this next year will be a breakout year for me and for my family. I am not trying to pump myself up to believe that. I honestly do believe that. I feel I will know even greater heartbreak in 2012 than I did in 2011. Wait…screech to a halt. What type of knucklehead would anticipate that type of future? Well, I have asked for it already. I asked God to break my heart in 2012 with the things that break His. More on that in a few weeks as we get into the year.
But for tonight, which at 12:00 a.m. has just turned in to Christmas Day, Merry Christmas everyone! It is this day when we celebrate the birth of Christ and the life of Christ. We spend time with family, we exchange gifts, we eat, we drink, we are merry, oh wait, wrong direction.
I say turn off the cell phones, quit texting, Facebook will be there later, look into the eyes of a family member or friend, tell them you love them, and mean it. Find a way to include the word “hope” into five different conversations on Christmas Day. And above all, stop and gather in the love and laughter and know that “you are uniquely and wonderfully made.”