Well…the world is waiting for a baby to be born. The anticipation is at a fever pitch and has been for quite a while. The suspense about what day, what gender, what will be the name…bets are being placed on all sorts of things. It is crazy.
As a self-professed Anglophile I admit to a sense of excitement and eagerness as I await the news. There is nothing like the birth of a baby to bring joy and hope. The freshness, newness…
I am happy for the young couple. I remember when my first child was born…on New Year’s Day! It had to be one of the happiest days of my life. If not THE happiest. It was so happy I went on to have two more! Each of their births was wonderful. But there is only one “first”. (That does not take away from the other two though my youngest will have a comment! But it is a reality.)
It’s been a long time since Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William. But was there such eagerness for any shred of news? Was the world’s press so engrossed in every detail and specualtion? I can’t remember it, if it was. I suppose social media has changed our approach to such things. And I can see how easily we are manipulated. We are obsessed. Never before has the whole world stared at a simple black (is it black or deep red?) door for so long – hoping for any sign of the arrival.
I’ve asked myself “Why?” Why be so eager for this birth? Why the world’s focus on this? We go from one obsession to another. From Snowden to Zimmerman to royal baby. There is so much going on in the world that is not given even a minute on the nightly news. (I have decided that our mainstream media is really entertainment trying to dress up as news.) There are missiles trained on innocent people. Governments in deadlock. Gruesome murders. Civil wars. Famines. Outrageous debt. Bankruptcies. Fires. Floods. Families are torn apart. Cultural ground is shifting. Extreme weather. Horrible accidents. Acts of heroism. And my man Phil won the British Open! By comparison, what makes this birth so important?
There will be those that comment on this for days to come. But I believe it is precisely because the world is in such a state that the birth of a baby is a wonderful focus. Whether is is a the one in London or your baby. Each one is sign of hope.
A baby can change the world. A baby did 2000 years ago. And He is still changing lives today.