Simeon-Waiting in Hope

Tom Bartha

READ : Luke 2:21-35

Question: At this point in your life, what are you longing for more than anything else? What is your greatest hope? For Simeon, it was no contest. It had been revealed to him that he would not die before he had seen the promised Messiah, the Christ, God’s chosen One. Day after day, year after year, Simeon waited, to see for himself the comfort the Holy One of God would bring to God’s people. He waited . . . and hoped . . . and prayed.

When Joseph and Mary came to the temple, for the customary dedication, Simeon knew. He took the child in his arms and offered a hymn of praise to God, expressing gratitude for God’s gift, not just to Jews but to the world beyond Israel.

Something about Mary startled Simeon. He saw it in her face a long way off. He knew he had to tell her: “And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Simeon was among the very first to express joy over the Savior’s coming. He also recognized that this joy came at a great cost. The perfect peace he’d dreamed of all the long years would be touched with great sorrow.”

PRAYER

Lord God, we remember the great rejection necessary for our salvation. May our love match Simeon’s. Amen.