Simeon's tale offers us more than a peek into the events surrounding the Birth of Jesus. We also have been called to be joyful, patient, faithful; we also have been promised a reward of seeing our Lord. Simeon's perseverance and the fulfillment of his reward encourage us to persevere also when our reward has not yet come. How many years did Simeon wait? Well, perhaps the weeks and months I've waited aren't too long after all. How confident he was in the fulfillment of the promise! Perhaps I could grow in confidence in the wonders and gifts I have seen the Lord fulfill in my own life. My circumstances may be different in the details, but Simeon's prayer is one that I could truly pray today, as we sang it in my high school days:
Now Lord, You may let Your servant go in peace,
According to Your Word.
For my eyes have seen Your saving deed
Which You have set before all men.
A light for revelation to the Gentiles
And for glory to Your people Israel.
Praise the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit,
Both now and forever.
The God Who Is, Who Was, and Is to come,
At the end of the ages.