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Devotional for Christmas Eve

Luke 2:22-38

A little boy was standing at the bottom of a department store escalator staring intently at the movement of the stairs. A saleswoman asked, “Are you lost?” “Nope,” said the boy, “I’m just waiting for my chewing gum to come back.”

Christmas is about waiting. Waiting for family celebrations and get-togethers, waiting for Christmas Day. Advent is about looking for the coming (Advent) of Jesus. But Advent is also about waiting. We countdown the days until Christmas Day and we prepare and anticipate and wait.

Mary and Joseph waited. When they took Jesus to the temple to be dedicated, they found that Simeon and Anna had been waiting for Him, for the Messiah to come. The Hebrew people had been waiting for the Messiah to come. And then He came. The Messiah, the Son of God came, fully human and fully divine.

Our celebrations of Advent and Christmas are different this year. Many of our traditions will not take place exactly as they have in the past. But still we find that we can experience the real meanings behind those traditions. We can still wait in expectation for the experiences of hope, love, joy and peace and finally Christ Himself.

Waiting is an opportunity for faith. Waiting comes through hope. Without hope, we would not wait. Charles Allen said, “Life is full of glad surprises for those who hope.” Christ has come, Christ is here. Christ will come again. May we wait in expectation and faith and hope for his coming again!

Written by Mark Key, Senior Pastor