Have you ever waited so long for something that you began to wonder if it was ever going to come through? Be it a package in mail amidst a postal strike, waiting for someone at a scheduled coffee date, seeing your kids come to know Jesus personally, asking for healing, or longing for family relationships to be mended.
I have many favourite parts of the Christmas story (the whole Jesus coming into the world thing is pretty wonderful), but there are two characters in particular who’s mention causes me to ponder.
In Luke 2, Mary and Joseph take their baby boy to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. While they were there, 2 people greet them at separate times, but for a similar reason – they knew that a long awaited promise had finally been fulfilled.
Simeon, a man who was righteous and devout, had been waiting to see Christ with his own eyes and rejoiced in the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises.
Anna, a widowed prophetess, also came with great joy proclaiming who this little one would become and what He would do.
They had waited long for this Hope, but God is faithful, trustworthy, and good.
May we rejoice in this same Hope we have. As we pray that others would also know Jesus personally, as we await answers for questions or prayer that have been lifted up for a while, may we do so with anticipation, expectancy, and recognition of the goodness and faithfulness of our God. May we pray and wait with joy in our hearts and praises on our lips.
City Team Lead, Edmonton