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In anticipation of peace

By Dale Marks
Special to The PREVIEW

Anticipation. Expectantly waiting on the outcome. Anxious over the future.

There are times when anticipation can be a wonderful thing. The first snowfall that covers up the mud; Wolf Creek open with fresh powder; the opening of presents on Christmas morning. These all bring joy to our lives and smiles to our faces.

But sometimes anticipation can bring with it fear, and nervousness and knotted-stomachs. Waiting for the doctor to call with the test results; or that long-lost child to ring home; or the callback for the interview or if the job will still be there. This kind of anticipation can leave us worn out and exhausted.

Regardless of the situations or circumstances creating the feeling of anticipation, we ultimately want it to turn out for the very best. We want the peace in knowing. We want our hearts to quiet and know that it will all turn out well.

In the midst of all the messiness in our lives is there a way to truly find peace?

More than 2,000 years ago, a young couple was in a similar state, not knowing how things would turn out and struggling to find peace in a messy world. And on a very special night, a night that wasn’t clean, or pretty, or even comfortable, the Answer, that brings us peace, came into this world.

You see it’s not the anticipation that brings us peace, but knowing where to find the Answer. Where to hold our hope and trust. The reason for the season.

As you anticipate the joy of this holiday time, may you come to know the reason for the season. Jesus Christ.

The author is the senior pastor of Grace in Pagosa Church. You are invited to join us as we gather together to worship on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. We’d also like to invite you to a special Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., also at the community center.

This story was posted on December 2, 2013.