Acts 1:11

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Thought for the Day:  Anticipation of Jesus’ coming will keep us centered and on that day we will experience pure elation.

“When are they going to get here?”, “How long will it be before they get here?” and “It’s taking a long time for them to get here,” was constant throughout the day as our four year old son awaited the arrival of his Aunt Cilla and Uncle Michael. Excitement built throughout the day and into the evening inside this little guy and in his big brother as their beloved Aunt and Uncle traveled. The call came that they were almost here and both boys waited by the back door peering out the window until they saw the lights of the car. At that moment, they bounded out the door to be the first to get their special, huge hugs.

I watched and listened to that wonderful anticipation throughout the day and witnessed the excitement as the two ran out the door. This is how we should be as Christians as we anticipate the coming of our Lord and Savior on that day. As I think of that day, I ask, “When is He going to get here?”, How long will it be before He gets here?”, and “It seems to be taking a long time for Him to get here.” On a daily basis, we wonder if the events of this world are giving us signs that the time in near. But, just as my four year old in his lack of understanding of time showed anticipation throughout the entire day, we as Christians have a lack of understanding of God’s time and should await with that same anticipation of His coming.

Prayer:   Thank you, God, for the times in our lives when we feel great anticipation when someone we love is coming for a visit and then the excitement when that person arrives.  Help us keep Jesus’ return in our minds at all times where we will always have that wondrous anticipation and someday will feel that pure elation when You have arrived. Amen.


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