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Waiting for Christmas
Kids have a hard time waiting for Christmas. Here are some actual letters that were written to Santa:

Dear Santa Claus,
When you come to my house there will be cookies for you. But if you are real hungry you can use our phone and order a pizza to go.

Dear Santa,
I want a Puppy. I want a playhouse. Thank you. Iíve been good most of the time. Sometimes Iím wild.

Dear Santa, (From a 4-year-old) I
Iíll take anything because I havenít been that good.

Dear Santa,
Iím not going to ask for a lot. Hereís my list: The Etch-A-Sketch animator, 2 packs of #2 pencils, Crayola fat markers and the big own color TV! Well, maybe you could drop the pencils; I donít want to be really selfish.

Christmas is often associated with waiting. I can remember one Christmas when I was growing up that I really wanted a Rock-em-sock-em-robot. I dropped hints everywhere. I wrote letters to Santa and cut out pictures in magazines and put them on my momís pillow. I even tried extra hard to be nice to my sisters during the countdown to Christmas ≠ which wasnít easy to do!

When Christmas morning finally came, I jumped out of bed and ran to the tree. I looked for a box with my name on it. I looked everywhere but couldnít find it. Do you know what I got that year? Iíll never forget it. My mom, who loves to sew, made feetie pajamas for all 5 of us kids ≠ my sisters had pink ones, and mine were blue. I could barely take the shame of it allÖfeetie pajamas instead of rock-em-sock-em-robots.

What Are You Waiting For?
Let me ask you some questions. What are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you longing for anything? What are you expecting to receive? Are you looking forward to anything special this Christmas?

In the Gospel of Luke, we come across two characters who make their appearance in the final acts of the Christmas drama. One is a man named Simeon; the other is a woman named Anna. They donít appear in any nativity scenes or in many Christmas cards, but they are significant players in the first Christmas pageant. Both of these individuals were waiting for something -- actually, they were waiting for someone.

Luke uses a Greek word of anticipation that identifies them as waiting with expectation for the coming of the Messiah, or Savior. It literally means that they were ďalert to His appearance, and ready to welcome Him.Ē We see this word in Luke 2:25 in reference to Simeon where we read that ďHe was waiting...Ē and in 2:38 to describe a woman named Anna who was, ď...looking forward to...Ē

Simeon -- Waiting For Comfort
Weíre introduced to Simeon in Luke 2:25. ďNow there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon Him.Ē Simeon was righteous before people, and he was devout in His relationship with God.

Things werenít going real well for the nation of Israel. They hadnít heard from
Menton Shields
December 2, 2016
,praise God What a Saviour, thanks for the insight brother Frank shields-La.
Menton Shields
December 2, 2016
,praise God What a Saviour, thanks for the insight brother Frank shields-La.
,Pastor, I very much appreciate this message. Could I have your permission to use some of it (including the story at the end) for the Christmas message this year? Thank you and God bless your ministry. I will of course give you credit :)
Go for it!
Julius Montero
December 26, 2015
,Great Reflection...
Todd Ruggles
December 24, 2015
,Thank you, Brian. Well said. I'd like to use parts of this message with our church if that is alright.
G o for it.
Lawrence Temfwe
December 20, 2015
,Thank you so much for the insight and brings Jesus so much alive for those in Africa who live in oppressive nations to know that even under those conditions Christ give freedom. Amen
G lory to God!
John Pyles
December 20, 2015
,Pastor Bill, this message of Simeon and Anna really moved me and I so appreciate it. I too would like to use portions of this message. And I must say, the conclusion literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you sir for the message.
Go for it! Preach the story of God's glory!
David Vaughan
December 17, 2015
,Great Sermon! I would like to use parts of it for my Christmas Sermon this year.
Go for it! Preach the story of God's glory!
Johnny Cometa
December 27, 2015
Anointed Christmas message. Please allow me to use this in one of my Christmas messages. I am a US Navy chaplain, a Christian who happens to be a Baptist. :)
U se whatever is helpful.
Danny Limon
December 13, 2015
,Great message! with your permission may I use some parts of it in my sermon?
Go for it!
Rex Stancil
December 11, 2015
,Used the nuts and bolts of this one last Sunday and it was a great response. I was surprised how powerful the last illustration was going to be. Thanks. Got two "best sermons ever" from my folks. Thanks for sharing.
G lory to God!
Gayle Smith
December 5, 2015
,Brian, I teach at senior communities on Sundays. Do you mind if I use your sermon to share? The last story is a clencher!
Go for it!
Wayne G Thomas
October 27, 2015
,Brian, It is that time of year again. I would like to use a couple of these ideas in an upcoming message
G o for it.
Marcelle James
December 24, 2014
A great word for the season and a great reminder of this story and we all need to be reminded that with Christ we have everything we need!
Butch Payne of Church Of God
December 20, 2014
Great message Brian. Heard this illustration just last week in another man's message think ill use it too if you don't mind..
Susie Stephens
December 20, 2014
This is beautiful! I'd like to use some pieces of it in a Sunday School lesson with your permission. I would, of course, give you credit!
Susie, that would be great. Use whatever you'd like for His glory as you tell the story.
Susie Stephens
December 20, 2014
Thanks! For those looking for additional information about the lives of Simeon and Anna, there are two books by Herbert Lockyer, All the Woman of the Bible and All the Men of the Bible that give a great overview of each.
Edward Ojuolape
December 19, 2014
Dear Brian, this is as usual, very profound and inspiring, I hope I will get my own 'Go for it' ! God bless
Go for it!
Danny Brightwell
December 16, 2014
Great lesson. Like others, with your permission, I may use parts of it in my Christmas lesson this year.
Go for it, Danny.
Todd Dunn
December 13, 2014
Great word, I would love to use bits of it with your approval.
Go for it, Todd!
Todd Dunn
December 14, 2014
Thanks Brian, gonna use " whoever takes the son" powerful illustration.
I love the the stories of Simeon and Anna. You have crafted with God's direction a fine sermon from their "moments" in the great story. Thanks for the insight.
Armando D. Enero
December 3, 2014
Great insight! Led by the Holy Spirit. I am truly blessed
Dale Arnett
November 29, 2014
Very good message. I hope that have your approval to use parts of this message for this years Christmas message.
Dale, go for it! Preach on, brother.
Statt Riddlebarger, Ph.d.
December 21, 2013
Very good sermon. I'll use parts in sermons this Christmas.
Gordon A Ward Jr
December 18, 2013
So what is that word in the Greek? that cnticipation? i really need to know so i may express that to my church.. thank u
William Drummond
December 14, 2013
I really enjoyed this sermon, great insight.
Jaime Viray
December 8, 2013
Great sermon, simple but powerful.I will be sharing this as an opening sermon for this Christamas season. God bless you!
V.p. Singh
November 26, 2013
Good Message. I am blessed to read this. Thanks. JESUS IS LORD.
Virgil Nolen
November 15, 2013
Great Thought @ Christmas.
David Schultz
January 1, 2012
What a refreshing thought about the senior folks of the Scriptures. As a Chaplain of a retirement village, I have the opportunity to give "comfort" and "forgiveness" to those who come to worship this day. Peace.
Good stuff--thanks.
Tyrone Adams
December 3, 2011
I enjoy reading this. Thanks! Glory to God!!
John Fults
December 18, 2009
A great way to change the look on the Christmas story. Thank you.
Samar Madison
December 21, 2008
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given..." God did not keep back his only Son but gave him for all of us. What a priceless gift! Rejoice evermore....
Eugenio Jr. Gedalanga
December 13, 2008
Very Inspiring Thank you
Adrian Rodenburg
December 11, 2008
Awesome,praise be to God.
Ronald Woodrum
November 24, 2008
excellant! The outline and illustration at the end is great.
Ramesh Babu
August 27, 2007