A Peaceful Release
Last week I joined hands with a family in intensive care. Their loved one hadn't responded for several days. The doctors and ICU nurses had given incredible care, but it was time to release her to God. At about the same time I received word from another lifelong friend in Lancaster, PA. "Just wanted to let you know that our dear, precious mother entered into glory today at 1:45 following a 4 week journey with cancer."
In the midst of all the joyous singing, "Let it Snow," "Chestnuts Roasting," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," when we lose a loved one, especially during Christmas, can we release them and have peace?
We've been following Dr. Luke's Christmas narrative, and when with Simeon's words to Mary and Joseph as he held Jesus in his arms, Luke is one doctor who tells us why we can have peace even when death hits hard.
"Now O Master, You can release Your servant according to Your word in peace because my own eyes have seen your salvation." - Luke 2:29
Asaph, one of King David's worship leaders, declared that God would show His salvation to those who thankfully and faithfully offered the sacrifices Moses commanded, not as routine but from the heart (Psalm 50:5,23). Simeon, a devout Jew, did this, and God let him hold His firstborn Son in his arms.
LORD, help me join Simeon in understanding that Jesus would be Your final sacrifice that completely pays the bill for our sins, and give me Your peace. As my dear friends here in Texas and in Pennsylvania have had to release their loved ones to You, help them during these days leading up to Christmas to let Your Spirit pour the kind of peace Simeon enjoyed into their hearts.
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