“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation…” vss. 29-30
According to witnesses, as Martin Luther lay dying in Eisleben, the town of his birth, he repeated these words from Simeon’s song over and over. After a long (for those days) and tumultuous life he yearned for the peace that he knew death would bring. In Luke’s story Simeon sings because after a lifetime of waiting he had caught a glimpse of the long awaited messiah…and now he could die in peace. His words continue to bring comfort to those who for one reason or another have had their fill of life in this world. Some have lived far beyond their expectations and wonder why they’re even alive…their bodies have worn out and living has lost its charm and joy. Still others are just tired of the struggle…their years have been marked by pain and suffering and they’re ready for it all to end. What a blessing it is at to know at such times that God’s blessings continue beyond death and that one day we will have perfect peace! For people of faith this thought brings hope as we mourn the loss of those we love so much. Even as our hearts are full of sadness we find comfort in knowing that our dear ones are resting in peace, safe in the presence of our loving God.
Thought for the Day: When will I be ready to die?