Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.” ~ Luke 2:25-32
Simeon had waited a long time for the light to come.
We don't know his backstory: what he'd suffered, gained, learned, or loved in his life.
All we know is that he had been waiting for a promise to be fulfilled.
And he trusted that the promise would be fulfilled.
In the season of Advent we are like Simeon. We wait for the promise.
We wait for the light to enter into the world to dispel the darkness.
For the light of revelation and renewal.
The light of fulfilment.
The light of hope, of joy, of peace, and of love.
And when the light comes, we too will see what salvation is.
Question for thought: What does darkness do you wait for the Light to dispel?
Come, O Holy One, for we wait upon you. And light the darkness of our hearts and lives so that we may know your love fully. Amen