For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the Archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.￼ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Waiting for Christmas day was excruciating when I was a child. My siblings and I knew the joy that awaited us and we would often recount them to each other in the month of December.
We would wake up early, eager to begin the day with a few special gifts before our Christmas breakfast of scrambled eggs and warm cinnamon rolls. However we were not allowed downstairs until our father knew the time was just right. At his signal we would burst upon the scene in our living room and then stand transfixed as we gazed at the splendor￼ before us.
The beautifully lit tree, the smell of fresh evergreen boughs and the many sparkling presents held us in silence and awe for at least 10 seconds. Then the thrill and excitement of the day would overcome us, as we began to laugh and talk and dance around the room. Oh what a day it would be!￼
Extended family would arrive, and the game playing would begin. From board games to cards, we loved them all. After a wonderful early dinner we would gather around the tree to open gifts. This was a slow process as each person’s gift was recognized and appreciated by all.
But truly the greatest gift of the day was just being together with loved ones and celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus.
Waiting for Christmas day is just like waiting for Jesus￼￼￼￼ to return. We know there is great joy ahead for us￼, but we must wait until our Heavenly Father deems the time is right.￼ At His signal we will burst upon the splendor of heaven and stand in awe and silence as we gaze upon the beauty of our Savior Jesus.
Then we will begin to laugh and talk and dance as extended loved ones also arrive. The Lord will recognize each one of us and reward us for the good that we have done while on earth.￼￼
And the greatest joy of heaven will be abiding￼ in the presence of the Lord and with our family and loved ones forever. In heaven, Christmas day will never end.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, oh what a great day that will be, when we arrive in heaven! Help us encourage each other while we wait, and remember the great joys that lay ahead for us. We love you Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
For further reading: 1 Thessalonians 4￼￼