Advent is that season in the church year in which we prepare to be astonished, once again, by the mystery and miracle of the most astonishing birth ever recorded.
My youngest-born child, Megan Joy Bidelman, and her husband Jake, are expecting the arrival any day of their first baby, Logan Joy. For lo these many months, Meg and Jake have been planning, anticipating and preparing to be astonished by the mystery and miracle of birth.
I’m planning and preparing to be in Texas next week and can’t wait to hold and behold my first granddaughter, just as I could hardly wait for the arrivals of two grandsons and the births of three children so many years ago.
What we experience as expectant parents is not so different, really, from what Mary and Joseph experienced as they planned, prepared and anticipated–surely with no small amount of apprehension as well as hope–the arrival of the child they loved so much.
Such love awaits Logan Joy.
Such love awaits us all.
Joy to the world.