But, tonight is all about expectation (and not because I am expecting to watch the Packer Viking game being broadcast from the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin). This is a storied rivalry that goes back to the early sixties when the Vikings began their history by actually taking over Minnesota, which was largely Packer territory before the NFL came to Bloomington, Minnesota. Admittedly, I am awaiting the start of this game with great anticipation, but that really isn't what I wanted to share.
It is anticipation for a celebration that we are well versed in, but is new and exciting each time the dawn of Christmas morning arrives. It is anticipation that is a reminder to us of how much God loves and cares for us as his children, electing to send us his Son Jesus to show us how we are to live and love and care for one another. It is anticipation that we would be able to demonstrate this amazing love by who we believe we are versus who we actually are.
We live in that anticipation every single day - not just on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. We live in that anticipation when we reach out to help others. We live in that anticipation when we take some time to share with a friend who is hurting. We live in that anticipation when we are anxious about a medical report. We live in that anticipation every single day.
It's the season of anticipation. May it be a precious time as we celebrate God's answer to our anticipation! Merry Christmas to all!