Christmas Hope-Waiting

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The best thing about waiting on God is you do not miss what He is doing….

40 Days of Hope-Day 20

Most of our thoughts about Christmas involves activity.
Christmas shopping to do, preparing for Christmas parties, practicing for Christmas plays, serving and going to Christmas services at church…. Going, doing, serving…
But what if you just took some time to wait?
Like Simeon and Anna.
Simeon was waiting for a promise to be fulfilled. (Luke 2:27-32)
Anna was in the temple daily fasting and praying for an event to take place. (Luke 2:36-38)
And on that day when Joseph and Mary came to the temple to fulfill sacred obligations (Luke 2:21-25) the waiting was over for both of them.

That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. Simeon took Jesus into his arms and blessed God. Simeon: “Now, Lord and King, You can let me, Your humble servant, die in peace. You promised me that I would see with my own eyes what I’m seeing now: Your freedom…”

At that very moment, an elderly woman named Anna stepped forward. When she approached Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, she began speaking out thanks to God, and she continued spreading the word about Jesus to all those who shared her hope for the rescue of Jerusalem.

The best thing about waiting on God is you do not miss what He is doing.
Many people were in the temple that day, but only two had a personal encounter with the King.
What are you waiting on this Christmas season?
Maybe it is a financial need, maybe healing from sickness. Maybe for a child to return from a prodigal journey, or a marriage to be restored.
Above the gifts, the parties and everything else Christmas is a time for hope.
The Messiah, the Redeemer, the Savior has arrived.

Take some time out of the busyness to think about the reason we celebrate. Some time to wait for the peace we need and the hope to believe that whatever we are waiting for  He will come.

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