Again I share with you my devotional blessing and testimony as written by Wangerin.
LUKE 2: 28–33 “Simeon took up the child Jesus in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, According thy word; For mine eyes have seen thy salivation Which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And for glory to thy people Israel.” The father and the mother marveled at what was said about the child.”
“WHEN I COME TO DIE—Oh, let me die like Simeon. I, too, have been a watchman, waiting for your coming. I knew the promise of your word. In your word was all my hope. But I sought to see you with my own eyes; so I stayed awake, watching, watching for your coming. O Lord, my soul waited for you more than they that watch for the morning; more, I say, than they that watch for the morning.
“I heard it said among the disciples: “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see”—and I wanted so to be blessed! It was your voice among the disciples, saying: “For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it”( Luke 10: 23–24).
“I myself, I had heard. Sermons and personal declarations and the assurances of many believers, I had heard. But I had not seen. And I yearned, O Lord, to see your salvation.
“I prayed, ‘Come!’
“With the Spirit and the Bride I prayed, ‘Come!’
“Since I was him who hears, I thundered, ‘Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.’
“Such was my Advent thirst and all my hunger: ‘Come.’
“And then you did, O Lord! You came!
“My Advent has been fulfilled in Christmas, and I see you!
“Again this year that great and mighty wonder—a Virgin bearing an Infant—has seized my heart with its glorious love. You came into the world. You’ve come into my world! You came once, surely: two thousand years ago. But that has caused your coming still, daily, daily, morning by morning, for people like me.
“And so I celebrated the feast of your Nativity this year with the softer passion of gratitude, and that—the gratitude itself—was proof of your presence” (Wangerin, Preparing for Jesus).
Almighty God, my Heavenly Father, “Thank You for the way You answered my prayers for Your guidance and courage. I’m amazed at the thoughts You placed in my mind, the desires You planted in my heart, and the willingness You produced in my will. You have given me what I asked: wisdom beyond my understanding; standing; knowledge greater than my learning; discernment ment more penetrating than my analysis; vision that outstretches my fondest expectation.
“Now I’m ready to face a new year without fear. I press on with Your assurance for the future, ‘Fear not! I am with you.’ That’s all I need to know!” (Lloyd John Ogilvie)