Millions of us have watched one or more of the viral videos of people in public places being surprised by a covert choir starting the Hallelujah Chorus or some other major production (called “flash mobs”). The places have been shopping malls, train stations, outdoor squares. What is really great is watching the surprise on people’s faces. And the delight. The delight at seeing something wonderful emerge right in their midst–meticulously prepared, kept secret, and then revealed. Here is one at a mall food court.
Christmas should be about surprise and delight–certainly that’s what happened at Bethlehem. The birth of Jesus was predestined (pre-arranged) before time began. Hidden from sight. And then, on one specific moment in the human story, unveiled. The singing begins. Delight spreads across faces. (Though today there are many ways we let the delight get stolen.)
C. S. Lewis’s phrase says it all: “surprised by joy.”
What is one way in which the birth of Jesus has brought delight to you? Have a comment?