It seems to me that the majority of Christians in North America today have bought into the “christmas” of our broader culture. The real problem for me is all the “stuff” we do to celebrate “christmas” that gets in the way of truly celebrating Christmas.
Simeon seems to remind us to sit back in the spirit and lean into him. The invitation is to invest deeply in the ordinary with the expectation that God is fully capable of using the everyday lives of others to speak his truth into our lives.
During this Christmas season let our expectations of Jesus give us hope.
In this season of Advent, in what ways could your personal expectations be shifted?
As you live through this Advent season of expectation and hope, remember that whether its one hundred and twenty seconds or a lifetime, the way we live impacts all the little moments of expecting and anticipation.
Perhaps, for people like Peter and me, part of the reason God sent Christ as a baby was to help us with our impatience and to reset our expectations. We need to understand that what the Kingdom is, how it will come, and when it will arrive, won’t always align with our expectations.