Christmas Longings

nativityOn this side of eternity, Christmas is still a promise. Yes, the Savior has come, and with him peace on earth, but the story is not finished.  Yes, there is peace in our hearts, but we long for peace in our world.

Every Christmas is still a ‘turning of the page’ until Jesus returns.  Every December 25 marks another year that draws us closer to the fulfillment of the ages, that draws us closer to…home.

When we realize that Jesus is the answer to our deepest longing, even Christmas longings, each Advent brings us closer to his glorious return to earth.  When we see him as he is, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, that will be ‘Christmas’ indeed!…

Heaven is about to happen.  The celebration is about to burst on the scene.  We stand tiptoe at the edge of eternity, ready to step into the new heaven and the new earth.  And I can hardly wait…

Christmas is an invitation to a celebration yet to happen. If you’ve got a Christmas longing, you’re about to be satisfied, too.  Just hold on and say with me...Maranatha! Come Lord!”

~ Joni Eareckson Tada in Chapter 22 of Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.

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