When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with His mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11)


The jewel-toned beauty of multi-colored Christmas lights sometimes reminds me of sweet chocolate M&Ms.


One Christmas Eve, I sat near my mother’s tree munching a handful of the colorful candies with excitement. The wait would soon be over, and I could finally open my presents!


Being 7 years old, I couldn’t define “anticipation,” let alone write the word in a sentence. But I knew that feeling of excitement, wonder and hope. What was soon to come was a goodness that wrapped my heart in joy.


The practice of waiting has its benefits. Your perspective becomes focused. You long for what has not yet come. You believe, in faith, for what will arrive at the perfect moment. Through the gift of His Son, Jesus, God fulfills the eternal anticipation of your heart’s desire, which only He can do.


The wise men in Matthew 2 who sought the Savior of the world felt this anticipation as they searched for Jesus. And when they found Him, they responded in sincere worship because this is what happens when your hope in God is fulfilled — He satisfies you with unspeakable joy.


Pray and Reflect

What are you anticipating this Christmas season?

Have some relationships and distractions left you feeling unfulfilled?

Pray and ask God to pour His love and peace upon you.

Invite the Lord to wrap your heart in a hope in Him that will never disappoint. (written by Melody Copenny)

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God. Psalm 99:9

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