Anticipation

by Velma Amundson

“Wake up, wake up, wake up friend Owl! The new prince is born. Ya better hurry up!” This is how Shirley Temple began to tell the story of Bambi on the old record we had when I was a girl. A short while ago, Britain’s Princess Kate gave birth to a little prince, Prince George. It’s been kind of like watching an obsession. The media, the paparazzi, it seems everyone has been anticipating his birth all year, and it’s all they’ve talked about…Will it be a boy or girl, what will they name it, what will they buy for it, how will they raise him…etc. I understand. New babies, especially new princes, are exciting. However, we have a King we need to be anticipating. The song says, “The King is coming, the King is coming…” Do we look forward to the return of our King with the enthusiasm that the world has shown waiting the birth of this little prince? Are we watching to see if it might be today? Why not? The return of our King will literally usher in heaven on earth. We will get to be with Christ. Now I admit, I don’t know exactly what it will be like, but I know it will be perfect, because God is perfect. We talk about running the race and standing firm. And we need to do those things. But, where is our excitement and anticipation? Should that be there too? Should we want to be with our King? The Bible says, “so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:7 NASB) Let us live our lives anticipating the return of our King with as much excitement as the world has shown anticipating the birth of this human prince.

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Anticipation

by Velma Amundson

I’ve heard the experts say that animals do not anticipate things. They’ve never watched my cats when they know they’re getting a treat. They dance around, meowing, and their tails stick straight up in the air quivering with excitement from the base all the way to the tip. Or, if we have food they think they want, they will come running, licking their lips in anticipation of getting a good bite to eat (and if it’s protein like a piece of turkey, I might give them some).

Advent is all about anticipation. First we anticipate Christmas. Christ came to earth humbly, as a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths. I know that I look forward to Christmas every year. The excitement and love that seems to surround everything. I enjoy the children’s Christmas pageant, the choir’s caroling, and having an “open house” for all our church members to come and enjoy some goodies and company.

The other thing about Advent is anticipating Christ’s return. We’re in a period of waiting. We don’t know when He will return, only that He has promised that He will do that. There was a time when I feared that, or I should say the unknown about it. I wanted Christ to come, but…. You know what, we should be excited and eagerly waiting. Christ will come and take us home with Him. We will get to go to Heaven, where there will be no more tears, no more sorrow, and Christ will be the light of the world. The old song says, “The light of the world is Jesus.”

This Advent season, I pray you have the peace and joy of knowing that Christ loved you enough to come, and the excitement to eagerly anticipate His return.