A Season of Hope-Filled Longing


Pine needles and cinnamon. Nutmeg and spiced wine. Holly berries and gingerbread.

All of these speak to my heart, reminding me that the Christmas season is upon us. There is a familiarity, warmth and excitement to it all.

Yet there is also a longing.

And the older I get, the greater that longing becomes. It’s a deep ache, not an acute pain. The kind you almost forget that is there. Until it rears up all of the sudden and claws at your insides, much like a hunger pain, telling you that something is amiss, something is lacking.

That is kind of how I feel about Christmas.

Yes, there is so much festivity and fun and yumminess to the season. Yes, I delight in watching my children open their presents with giddy anticipation and cherish their shouts of joy and laughter and smiles.

And yes, of course it is a joy to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, to rejoice as the shepherds and wise men did when they heard that the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah, had finally arrived!

But there is still a longing. An ache that wants to be filled. An awareness that this is not all there is.

And so I wait.

Expectantly. With hope. With giddy anticipation and child-like joy. Because I know what is to come, what is waiting beneath that tree, what is inside that tiny little gift box, wrapped up, perhaps simply, but which contains the most precious treasure in all the world.

Come, Lord Jesus, come. O come, Emmanuel.




One thought on “A Season of Hope-Filled Longing

  1. > > God, the Gift-Giver > > Every good and perfect gift is from above… > James 1:17 > > > > As I studied my Christmas shopping list this morning, I remembered a statement I’ve heard my pastor, David Dykes, say many, many times: “You are never more like God than when you give.” Our God is a giver. In fact, the Word says that every good and perfect gift is from him. > > I took some time this morning to look at what gifts the Bible says that God gives us. The first gift of God mentioned in Scripture was voiced by Leah, wife of Jacob, when she birthed her first son: “God has presented me with a precious gift” (Gen 30:20). Ecclesiastes 3:13 says, That everyone may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God. In 5:19 we read, When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God. > > Jesus, speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well said, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10). Jesus is a gift from God! In Acts 1:4, Jesus tells the disciples to wait for the gift his Father promised, referring to the Holy Spirit. > > Paul writes in Romans 6:23, the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Similarly, Paul says, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). > > I am awe-struck at God’s extravagance with me. He gives me precious things. He gives me what I need to live. He satisfies me. He gives me his own son, Jesus! He gives me what I need most…what I cannot give myself – eternal life. > > Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15). > > > Jill Hardin

    Blessings, Laura

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