Do you think the Christmas season starts too soon? Or that it goes too long? I imagine the first question prompted thoughts of stores selling Christmas long before Thanksgiving. And for some the second question prompts thoughts of taking down the tree today! Yet the Christmas spirit doesn’t and shouldn’t fit inside a nice neat timeframe. Shouldn’t the love, hope, peace, joy, and giving that typifies this season be happening all year long?
Simeon and Anna were two people who waited a long time. They were steadfast and focused on waiting. Their whole being revolved around being ready for seeing the Messiah. Both were so prepared that they recognized Jesus without being introduced or anything. They simply knew in their hearts that this one baby – one of many being brought to the temple that day tobe presented to God – was the one whom they had waited so long for. And then they both broke forth in praise and thanksgiving.
How could we prepare ourselves so that we are ready to offer love, hope, peace, and joy to all we meet? How would we prepare ourselves so that we see Jesus in each person we meet today and every day? Jesus comes to us in many ways. May our eyes be open and our hearts willing to see and know the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. May our lives reflect this to all we meet.
Scripture reference: Luke 2: 22-40