Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation…” vs. 29-30Luke 2:22-32
Those who have the privilege of living for many years sometimes begin to believe that they’ve “seen it all,” that there is nothing new under the sun, and to some extent they are right. There is a certain rhythm to life in this world, and some of us have been able to experience several of the repeating cycles. Simeon was like that, but he had something more, a sense that there was something big remaining to take place, and he longed to live long enough to see it. And according to Luke’s little post-birth story, that moment came when he saw Joseph and Mary enter the temple with their baby boy. Luke tells us that it was a Holy Spirit thing–there was no particular reason for Simeon to pick out this child from the many. But whatever had happened, whatever he’d seen, Simeon was satisfied–his heart was filled with peace–now he was ready to die! That doesn’t often happen for folks–most of us don’t have that spirit of readiness. But sometimes it still happens! We see a person or hear some news or experience some event, and it is enough. Everything on our bucket list has been checked off, and we’re ready to leave. What a blessing that feeling is! What is truly amazing is that for some it’s a part of everyday living! They’re ready even if they have stuff left to do!
Thought for the Day: What’s left on my bucket list?