This morning at church we started a series called "The Gift of Christmas" and this weeks gift was: anticipation. The question was asked, 'Why is anticipation a gift?'. We looked to Isaiah 25:6-26:6 where God tells the Israelites that a great, strong city is being built for them, that He knows they are in the mist of dark days. In the mist of the darkness, God is still good and He is giving them good news. The anticipation allows them to hope with the promise that has been given to them.
Advent is a season of waiting. That can be a big daunting word, waiting. No one likes to wait. But adding in the element of anticipation with that waiting, that changes things doesnt it? We still have paperwork to turn in before we are a 'waiting family' but I have felt like Ive been waiting for a child for a long time. So, this idea of waiting for something is not lost on me. I know once we have everything turned in, the waiting is going to drive me a bit crazy. Even though at the moment, I know there is nothing I can do to speed up a birth mother picking. Its completely in God's hands for when that will happen, with the peace that He is good and He is the one who gives hope in the mist of waiting.
Isaiah 9:2 + 6 "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has lighted shined." "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."