Nine months is a long time to wait for something truly exciting to happen. I can't imagine what it would be like to wait for something with no end in sight. 25 days from now we will celebrate the most anticipated birth ever, and many people had to wait far longer than nine months. In Isaiah we read
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." Is. 9:6
How great the anticipation and excitement must have been in Isreal, and this announcement was given long before this baby was to arrive. The Messiah, or Savior of the world, was coming and Isaiah was one of the first ones to announce it a century or so before it came to pass.
As we go about this December getting ready for Christmas it is my prayer that we don't forget the much anticipated arrival of the King. Far greater than the arrival of my own children is the arrival of the one who would take away my sins thus allowing me to call him Father. This Christmas may we join Simeon in saying "For my eyes have seen Your salvation"