During the long wait for the Messiah, I wonder how the Jewish people were able to hold on and still believe?  They had hope, a hope put in their hearts by God with a promise.  The promise didn’t have an expiration date, nor would God forget.  The first candle of the advent candles is “Hope, anticipation”. 

What about me this Christmas season?  Yes, I am waiting for the fulfillment of promises I’ve held onto over the months and years.  Does that mean God isn’t going to keep His promises?  As I contemplate the coming of the Messiah and look at other instances in the Bible when a promise was long in coming, I answer with a resounding NO!  His Word to me is:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6.  On this I rest.

Am I looking forward to Christmas with no gifts under the tree?  Yes, I am. I already have the gift of life. This gift causes worship to rise in my heart.

More to come!

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