Give Us Eyes to See

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts.  When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 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 2:25-32

The day after Christmas can be a little strange.  Whether your own celebration was big or large, busy or lonely, for weeks the world around you has been soaked in Christmas-y-ness.  And now it’s done, and life begins to go on as normal.  The things you were waiting and hoping for before Christmas, well, chances are you’re still waiting and hoping for them now.

Our story this morning, the story we read on Christmas Eve, is all about waiting – for consolation (comfort), for revelation (understanding), even for salvation (rescue).  Take a few minutes to talk with Jesus about what waiting looks like in your life today.  Ask him to give you eyes to see his salvation, whatever that looks like for you.