December 6                           Sweet Anticipation Joyce Haase

Every year our family looks forward to the Christmas Season.  We kick off the start of the season the evening of Thanksgiving by watching our first Christmas movie.  Usually, The Grinch or Charlie Brown Christmas.


We have a few family traditions but our favorite is going to downtown Kalamazoo to Candy Cane Lane in Bronson Park.  Bronson Park is just a small square of land by City Hall with lots of trees, a fountain and a band shell that all get decorated.  Really the decorations are no different than others you see around town with the exception of the giant candy canes which arch over four sidewalks.  But this park is special to our family.


The anticipation of what Christmas brings is connected to this Haase Family mainstay.  We get excited to go and always start walking up one of the giant candy cane lanes, stop and take in the beautiful lights, walk down another of the four candy cane-lined walk ways until we reach the most important site, the attraction we can not leave without seeing, the baby Jesus lying in the manger.


We stop and gather around the wooden shelter and contemplate a little.  This baby, this savior, is the one and only who truly represents the anticipation of what’s to come.  When we have a relationship with Jesus as our Lord, we get to go to heaven and be with him for eternity.


Can you imagine the excitement and anticipation Mary, Joseph and even Zachariah felt knowing Jesus was coming and then seeing him after he was born?


As we experience the 2015 Christmas season, enjoy the excitement and anticipation and evaluate your relationship with Him.  How excited do you get thinking of that relationship?  If you don’t get even a twinge of excitement, please ask God to make it more ‘real’ for you this Christmas!


Read and Discuss: Luke 2:8-16.


What do you think the Shepherds felt…

…when the Angel first appeared?

…after the Angels left them?

…when they saw the baby?


What do you feel when you think about those events?


Activity Suggestions:

Watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ together.


Make a trip to Bronson Park and walk through those candy cane-lined sidewalks.  As you make your way to the Nativity Scene, remember all He did for all of us and rejoice in the anticipation of what’s to come.

Watch the clip below to remember…


Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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