Advent, the season of waiting. From a young age we learn we have to be patient; at times we have to wait for things we want. Sometimes the waiting makes the receiving all the sweeter. Other times we lose hope as we wait; we are tempted to despair.
400 years of silence. God did not speak through His prophets to His people for 400 years. How do you remain hopeful to hear from the God of your ancestors for your entire lifetime when your parents never heard, and their parents never heard? Few things are worth waiting a lifetime for. I have lost hope for things I have had to wait a matter of months for! What a gift hope is.
Simeon did not lose hope! He saw the future hope of the world in that baby boy's face and the Spirit whispers the same hope to our hearts today. Can you hear Him?
This hope we have in Christ, it anchors the soul. It changes everything. Let it change our hearts today.