Dear friends in Christ,
One of the most beautiful passages of Scripture is found in Luke’s gospel–the story of Simeon, a devout and righteous man whose faith persists throughout his long life. He was told by the Holy Spirit that “he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.” The day Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the Temple, Simeon was there, and when he saw the child, Simeon took the babe in his arms and praised God, saying, “Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.” Simeon waited and hoped for the Light; held the Light; praised God for the Light; and went in peace knowing that the Light had come into the world as God had promised. What joy and hope was poured out in that moment. We share in Simeon’s song each week in Evening Prayer on Wednesdays in our Chapel.
I was reminded of this on Friday evening as I sat with my son Ned on a rock, by the Pacific Ocean as we waited for the sunset. The beach was filled with people walking in the sand, children exploring tidal pools, dogs chasing balls and each other. It was noisy and cheerful in the way strangers can be together, enjoying the outdoors, the beauty of simply living in the moment. And then the sun began to dip closer to the sea and suddenly everyone stopped what they were doing. For a few minutes we all stood, as human beings have done since the beginning of time; we stood in silence, in awe, watching the light of our sun change the sky to yellow and pink, orange and purple, and finally to night. Light–we live as creatures created by God, sustained by the light of our sun; and we live in the Light of the SON, sustained in our faith by His life, and death, and Resurrection. May we live in peace each day, each night, with Simeon’s prayer on our lips “Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people.”
May our prayers of thanksgiving for the Light of the World sustain us in this season in our community and in our ministry. Blessings to all,