Tuesday 2 February 2021

A song of salvation


“Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel.”

Luke 2: 29-32


Lots of people seem to have a “bucket list” with an array of things they would like to do before they die. For some people, the impetus to accomplish certain things may come from dealing with the sad diagnosis of a terminal illness, sharpening the need to make the most of life, not to waste time, and do all those things they have always wanted to do. Simeon, the speaker of that prayer in the Bible reading today, has just one thing he wishes to accomplish. He wants to see “salvation.” The impetus to fulfilling his dream has been strengthened by a promise from God. Simeon does little to make this happen. He simply dedicates himself to watching and waiting upon God, certain that the promise would be fulfilled, trusting in God. Our life is often so busy, and we get anxious about so many things. We have many fears, we worry about the future. Perhaps we can be more like Simeon. For him, only one thing mattered. He sets his sight on salvation, and when his dream his realised he cradles Jesus in his arms. Jesus completed the hopes and dreams of Simeon. He can and does complete ours too.


God our Father, as we plan for the future, help us to set our sights on Jesus, who is the light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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