All around the world children climb in bed tonight, barely able to close their eyes because they can hardly wait for the celebration tomorrow.
Anticipation is a powerful motivator.
Looking forward to a reward, children may find that they really CAN behave. Thinking ahead to family flooding in, parents might realize that those piles of clutter that have been too big to tackle are easy to get rid of.
Presents, food and family fellowship will bring in the new day.
Anticipation fuels expectations and all too often our perfectly imagined Christmas morning doesn’t quite measure up.
Inevitably someone will be disappointed because what they thought they were getting for Christmas isn’t under the tree. Eventually a cross word disrupts the harmony and hurt feelings reign.
People disappoint us. Life rarely turns out the way we think it should or hope it will.
But there is One in Whom I can place my trust. One Whose name is Faithful and True.
He came as a Babe but reigns as a King.
My heart longs for the day when wrong is made right and my faith made sight.
On that Day, I will take hold of my heart’s hope and I will not be disappointed.
Until then I will rest in the real promise of Christmas:
At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
Luke 2:14 MSG