“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 2:29-32

You’re going to find what you heart is looking for. Don’t give up your search for God’s power, God’s life, and God’s fullness: You’re going to find it. There’s a great advent story from Luke Chapter 2 about Simeon. Simeon, an older man, had been promised he would see the coming of the Messiah before he died. He would someday see the man that would change and save everything. The Scriptures say that the Holy Spirit led him into the temple to see the child, and there he saw Jesus. He went up to the baby and he held it in his arms and he said “at last, Lord, as you have promised, send your servant now to go in peace. For my eyes have seen the coming of your salvation – a light to the Gentiles.” Simeon is a symbol, is the symbol of Advent. As Simeon holds the baby Jesus, he realizes that everything that he’s waited for in life just happened. He essentially says “I can die now.” The major part of walking as a believer is the ability to say “I can die now,” whether you’re young or old, sick or healthy. When the voids in our hearts are filled with Jesus Christ, we are prepared. All of us desire him, want to reach out for him, and to have this kind of Simeon experience. Not that we want to die, but if we died today we know we experienced what it meant to live. We’re prepared because we love Jesus Christ, and we are filled with eternal life.

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, for filling our hearts. Help us turn to you when we’re feeling empty.

REFLECTION: Do you feel like Simeon? Full and prepared?

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