Day 29: 30 Days of Gratitude

Luke 2:25-35
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

I went to the shopping center to do grocery shopping today, and they had the big Christmas tree up. Today, I didn’t see just a Christmas tree. I saw the hope in the promise of the coming Messiah. Four hundred years of darkness — then the Light burst through the darkness and Messiah was here. Emmanuel – God with us.

I cannot fathom the joy that Simeon felt in heart when he took Messiah into his arms. I can imagine that there was a deep, long sigh of relief. That’s what I felt as I looked at the tree this morning. A deep sigh – Messiah is coming. (Of course, He already came.) But, I felt that hope.

I’m grateful for the Promised Messiah.

Chris Malone

Chris and his family serve as missionaries near Kyiv, Ukraine. Chris and his wife, Mary, have nine children. Five of their children have Down syndrome and four of those are adopted from Ukraine. Their four older children are in various stages of starting college and starting careers.

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