Monday, December 25, 2017


Daily Gratitude Year 5-Day 358: Today, I am grateful for Simeon. 

Simeon was a man who loved God and served him. The Spirit has promised him he would not die before seeing the Messiah. 

What a promise! What a wait! A lifetime of expectancy. 

He knew when he saw Jesus, immediately who the child was. The Spirit revealed the truth of the child in  his arms. Simeon broke out in praise to the Father as took the baby in his arms. 

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” -Luke 2:28-32

I think of the expectant waiting of small children as they try to sleep on Christmas Eve. The truth is... a Christmas wish list will be forgotten and the hot item this year will soon be forgotten. With Jesus... he is so much more than we ever expect. Trusting him leads to new adventures and opportunities. 

He is enough. Always.  Simeon knew he would see the child born in his lifetime, but he did not know when that would come to pass.He waited in prayer and with hope. 

Both Simeon... and Anna, who is mentioned later in Luke Chapter 2 experience a wait that finally ended. The gift of the Christ child was a very real answer.They had ideas, but nothing could compare to God's way. 

I inspired by their examples. 

Today, I am grateful for Simeon... and Anna. .

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