One of the dangers of the Christmas season is its tendency to be about escapism—a fanciful few weeks to live a fairy tale of creature comforts and joy. But there’s no avoiding the truth that beyond all the sugar plums, life is complicated and not all villages look like snow globes and not every siren is an angel getting wings. So, in advent we acknowledge and honor the full human experience.”1
While seeking that holiday shine that can be experienced during Christmas, remember the simple peace and extraordinary blessing we all received through Jesus and find a brightness and peace that will last long after the decorations are packed.
Simeon found that peace. Having been promised by God that he would see the Messiah before his death, took Jesus in his arms saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”— Luke 2:29-32