The simple definition of anticipation is
- a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen
- : the act of preparing for something
Almost everything I read about the act of anticipating revolved around happy events, but I have had anticipation in my life concerning the hard times as well. It is that tightening of the gut---knowing something is about to happen- sometimes good but sometimes heart breaking or difficult. Perhaps dread would be the antonym for anticipation if it is only referred to with the happy moments in life.
One of my favorite images for the day to day anticipation in life is above. It pretty much says it all. The bear---well-they are anticipating a great meal------BUT---the fish is thinking BUT I'm carrying the future in me---SURELY I won't end up as bear food?? Perhaps the fish is in dread--for after all who would anticipate being the bear's next meal?
Today the little grands' anticipation has reached a fever pitch. There is much discussion about climbing down chimneys, sacks full of toys, reindeer that can fly and what will I get? The excitement over the long awaited night is palatable when you walk through the door. Their anticipation is fueled by those stories swirling around them and it seems bedtime will never get here.
I remember those wonderful times in my life when I literally shivered with the anticipation of blessed events. Event upon event in the lives of my children and now my grands. I have anticipated the beauty of the mountain top while in the struggle of the climb. I daily anticipate the grandeur of the sunset and the glory of the sunrise in the midst of the dark of night. I even remember the feeling of anticipation knowing I was about to be kissed---AH---sweet memories!
Today though---we pause and remember---the anticipation of a fallen world --long ago. And we prepare our hearts, in awe and wonder--with shivers of excitement as we celebrate the birth of The King of Kings----on this Silent Night---this Holiest of Nights--in a little time called Bethlehem.
Wishing you Sweet Anticipation today as we prepare to celebrate His Birth, Dear Friends!
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.