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Daily Devotion – November 29, 2017
11.30.17

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  So he came by the Spirit in the temple.  And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

         

“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,

According to Your word;

          For my eyes have seen Your salvation

 which you have prepared before the face of all peoples,

          A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,

          And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Luke 2:25-32

Reflection by Matthew Alexander

While reflecting on this passage, I couldn’t help but feel the familiarity of the passage.  I had a feeling that I had read this recently but in a different context.  Sure enough, in going back through my devotions, I realized I had indeed written a reflection on this passage just a few months ago during the dog days of summer.  The time was different then.  It wasn’t just the time of the year that was different with a different pace and warmer weather, but it was the call to wait in a Christian season that usually calls us to action that was different.  I reflected on how this passage seemed to be out of place because the passage reminds us of the coming of the Messiah, the Christ; a message that we usually contemplate during the season of Advent.  During the season of Pentecost Christ is among us, so the question became what are we waiting for?

Waiting is such a difficult task to sometimes suffer through.   We wait for different reasons.  We wait for physical things like a thinner body or that job promotion that will make our life finally more comfortable.  We wait for prayers to be answered.  We wait for God to hear our suffering and respond.  We wait for news to come that will make things well for us all.  With tremendous anxiety we wait.  The passage encourages us to think about a different kind of waiting and that is the waiting of our salvation.  As with Simeon, we must wait for the salvation of our spirits that will bring us promised peace.  Waiting for salvation to come is usually not at the top of our list especially during seasons like Christmas when we are waiting in lines and trying to get gifts for everybody.  It is also requiring a great deal of work on our part to reflect and discern what God is doing in our lives.  There is no instantaneous gratification in waiting for salvation.   The Baptists have tried with their altar calls but the truth is we must wait.

Waiting, discerning, reflecting and struggling produces hope in us.  We learn to understand, and we learn to see with the eyes of Christ.  In time, when the awaited time comes, and our salvation comes to fruition, we are transformed.  We realize that the long-awaited gift, the longing of our hearts to be loved and to freely love can finally be held.  A moment like this could only bring a feeling of blessedness and peace which is indeed our salvation.  The glory of God and creation is revealed in moments like these.  The scales from our eyes fall.  We rejoice in finally knowing the truth.  We are redeemed, and peace fills our hearts.

Prayer

Grant us the patience to wait, O Lord.  May we take the time to discern and reflect on what it is you need thus to see in our lives.  May we trust in your love and in your desire for our wellbeing.  Be with us.  Amen.  



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