“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5
The holiday season is a season filled with eager anticipation, hope and glorious expectation. Halloween has passed and now we look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, to family and friends, to celebrating gratefulness, love and joy.
This entire season encompasses the idea of preparing our hearts for True Love. It’s a beautiful time to get ready to celebrate the arrival of our Lord.
We live in an amazing time. We live on the other side of His birth, knowing the story of Joseph, Mary, how there was no room for them at the inn. We know that Jesus was born into this world as a lowly and weak infant. Now, we live in the excitement of this season, ready to rejoice in the birth of our King.
The people then were living in a time before they truly knew the story. They were waiting for the true Messiah to save them. They didn’t know when God would send Him. yet they were filled with hope and anticipation.
We can live in hope and anticipation as well. So often we don’t take the time during the holiday season to do this. Instead we create such a busy and stressful life that we forget what we are even celebrating. It gets filled with exhaustion instead of anticipation.
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord” Micah 7:7
Our hope, our expectation and our anticipation should come from using this season to prepare our hearts for Christ. It’s important to take time during this busy season to really prepare your hearts for Christ.
What traditions can you and your family start to help you focus on the hope, expectation and anticipation of the birth of Christ?