Now is the time of year when we consider all that the past year held for us, and ponder what the year ahead will bring. This can stir up a vast array of emotions . . . hope, worry, excitement, fear, gratitude, fatigue, doubt, peace, longing, joy . . . sometimes several at once.
In Advent and Christmas we consider the coming of a child into our world. This year such considerations are 24/7 realities in my life since Allison and I received our first child, Estella Mae, less than three weeks ago. Unto us a child is born! I cannot help but reflect afresh on the coming of the child who invites all the world to echo Isaiah 9:6 with the energy of Handel’s Messiah, “Unto us a child is born!”
After long expectancy, trying labor, and the wonder of delivery, our beautiful baby finally arrived. Everything we had looked forward to and prepared for had happened, yet it was clear that we weren’t done. We had a baby, but this journey was just beginning. Our wonder was joined by wondering, “Now what?!”
This is even truer in the birth of Jesus.