By Mavis Tipton

Waiting…the word most people don’t like to hear.  Remember when you were a child and you would be told ‘you just have to wait, it isn’t time for…’!

As children we didn’t have any concept of time.  We would have just celebrated Christmas, and a few weeks would go by and we would ask, “When is Christmas?” 

Oh, the anticipation, excitement, hope and expectation that would well up within us! When Christmas finally arrived it was worth all the wait and anticipation.

Whatever was under the tree was worth the ‘wait’. 

Often today you hear, “I will be so glad when Christmas is over.  I’m so tired, and I hate all the rushing and hustle and bustle. 

May I encourage to step back and take a deep breath, and ask the Lord to help you catch the Joy of the season.  Enjoy each day as we anticipate December 25th, Jesus’ Birthday.  Remember it is Merry Christmas.  

I Love Christmas, and all that goes into making this a very special time of the year.  All the decorations and preparations change the atmosphere.  There is an excitement in the air. 

I love watching all the movies that celebrate Christmas, all leading up to Christmas Day.  I get excited and the atmosphere changes. 

Imagine Mary’s excitement of knowing that God had chosen her to be the mother of His Son Jesus Christ. 

Waiting is a good thing, as it develops character in us.  It builds anticipation, and hope.  It teaches us that waiting can bring us something better, than whatever we were wanting at the moment. It teaches us that God has a perfect plan for each one of us.

Lam. 3:25 “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him.

To the soul who seeks Him.” 

The Hebrew word qavah (kah-vah) means: to wait for, look for, expect, hope.  This verb is found some 50 times. Qavah is the root of the noun tiqvah, “hope” or expectancy.  Qavah expresses thye idea of “waiting hopefully.” 

Seek the Lord, expecting that He will bring good things to pass for you.  Wait quietly for Him to show you His salvation in any distress. 

So enjoy the most celebrated season of the year.  Seek Him to show you how you can share the birth of Jesus Christ.  Walk patiently on the path that He has chosen for you, and be ever aware of all the opportunities He places before you. 

“Wait,” because soon it will be here!


Peace on Earth       

Good Will To Men


Joy To the World 


Merry Christmas