Once again, I watched “Close Encounters,” one of the best movies ever made. Do you remember the scene, early in the movie, in which the people who had seen or sensed the presence of the aliens gathered on the hillside, lighting lights to welcome them? Remember how they watched and waited, eagerly anticipating their coming?
It would be nice if Christmas lights were lit with that same attitude, watching and waiting, eagerly anticipating the coming of our Lord. Perhaps they once were, back before Christmas became flattened and homogenized into “Happy Holidays.” But you and I can light welcoming lights year round, not on our gutters and bushes but in our attitudes and actions. Watching and waiting, as many once did for His birth.
David said it like this:
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love,and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.(Psalm 130:5-7)