Personal Blog by Rhonda Crowdis Hardisty

holiday_anticipation-6311Families plan to gather on the fourth Thursday in November to give thanks for all they have, then begin the process of setting up their homes, stores, and offices with decorations representing the season of giving. It is something that many look forward to all year.

Children make their lists and wait anxiously to give them to Santa. They know that this will lead to a visit from the jolly man himself in a sleigh full of toys pulled by eight magic reindeer. They spend every waking moment and some sleepless nights wondering what they will receive and expecting with great joy for the day to arrive.

Businesses that may be in the red prepare every year for the season known as the golden quarter where, boosted significantly by Black Friday sales, they have the potential to earn more money in three short months than they have earned all year. With the importance of this season many plan their entire year around it.

We all anticipate the arrival of the Christmas season whether it be for family time, giving, receiving, or earning.

This expectancy is nothing in comparison to what the shepherds and wise men must have felt while following natures clues to the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lord. Can you imagine what it would be like to know you are going to meet a very famous person for the first time or be part of an event where you might come in contact with someone you admire or look up to as a role model. Better yet, can you imagine meeting our creator and savior! It would be the most exciting day of our lives.

As we see this excitement in the eyes of our children and others we love this season, we see how it relates to the first coming which was the first Christmas, but we should also consider it in relation to His second arrival. The Bible says that no one knows the day or the time. So, we should live each day for Christ as if it is the day of His return. Today, tomorrow or next year could be it. We should each be filled with such joy and thought for preparation as it draws near. If we are to be ready for that day it should be the reason we live each and every moment from now until then.

Are we prayerfully anticipating the second coming? Are we preparing for it in the way that we prepare for Christmas? Are we cleaning our lives for Him with the same intensity that we might clean our homes for holiday parties or visits from family and friends? Are we giving Christ the importance in our lives and in our families that we give Christmas? How can we begin to change our focus if we are not currently anticipating His return with reverence and intensity? Think about it.

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Comments on: "The Heart of Christmas: Anticipation" (2)

  1. Brent Middletom said:

    Rhonda –

    Great minds must think alike. I posted a status with a similar message just yesterday. Thank you for sharing the gospel. My hope is that people will be reached for Christ during this giving season.

    Brent

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