anticipation

In the Distance III

In the Distance III

Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. Wikipedia

“Expectant waiting” is often called anticipation.

We all have anticipation, unfortunately it’s not always for good things to come.

As we talk more about Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus at this time of the year, we often focus on the wonders that the birth of the Messiah means for us as believers. We often politely ignore the cost of this precious gift.

Many will talk about the journey of Joseph and Mary and how this radically changed their hopes and plans but this year I am pondering another aspect…

One of Jesus giving up his position AND authority as part of our Triune Godhead to be like us…a baby, a youth, an adult. Reliant on hearing from God.

Called to something great.
Known as a chosen one.
Waiting for His heavenly Father’s plans.

We think more of his sacrifice in death, but sacrifice was also how his life began.

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT

Thank you Lord for the many ways you gave your life for ALL. Let us remember that we are made in your image, growing in favor and in stature with God and man just as you did. Let us walk humbly and wait patiently as we anticipate!

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