Luke 2:25-35 (NRSV)
By John Grimm
Serving God is unique. We will not know exactly what we are to do in every situation. We will not know how long we will have to wait to see what God has promised. We only know that we are serving God. When we arrive where God wants us to be for someone else, we will know it.
As a member of the clergy, I have noticed this truth. There have been countless times that I have contacted a disciple and that disciple says to me: “How did you know I needed…?” Whether it has been a prayer, my presence, or even a phone call, God has allowed me to be part of an unknown that blessed others.
Simeon waited for the consolation of Israel. We do not know how long he waited. We only know that he would see what God promised him before he died. Then, Simeon praised God. His words amazed Joseph and Mary.
The truth is that the consolation of Israel is for the glory of Israel and a light of revelation to the Gentiles. We may not ever be in the situation Simeon was. However, being there with a prayer, our presence or even a phone call for another person can be exactly how God wants us to serve Him.
Jesus, thank you for being all that you are. As we serve you and the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit, may we see what you promise us. Give us the words as we pray for other people. Give us the wherewithal to be present when someone needs us. Give us the timing that allows us to dial a number for us to speak what you desire for us to speak. Amen.