Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel. (Luke 2:22-38)
There are only nine days until Christmas Day. That many?
Most of us wait with great anticipation for Christmas Day, mainly in the hope of receiving gifts aplenty.
Simeon, an old man who was ‘righteous and devout’, also waited with great anticipation for Christmas Day, the day of God’s gift: the ‘consolation of Israel’. God had told him he would not die until he had seen the Messiah.
Christmas Day for most comes and goes, year in, year out. The joy of receiving and giving presents is often short-lived, along with the goodwill. Christmas Day can turn out to be all anticipation, but little fulfilment.
In his prayer of thanksgiving to God, Simeon acknowledged that he had seen with his own eyes God’s salvation in the baby Jesus.
Simeon’s anticipation did not disappoint. It brought him long-lasting fulfilment and peace.
Do you hear what I hear Third Day