HOLDING THE PROMISE
“The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light.”
“Lord, now I can die in peace! As you promised me, I have
seen the Savior you have given to all people. He is a light to
reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
From ages past,
through the darkness of human night
the promise of a light
sustained hope in the hearts of men.
Prophets foretold this light,
but time passed and gloom
obscured the promise.
Centuries later, when hope seemed
Simeon, a man righteous and devout,
held on to the promise that in his lifetime
the promised hope would be revealed.
He would see the savior.
And one day in the temple,
into aged Simeon’s arms
the child Jesus was placed.
With light exploding in his heart
from on high, he knew.
He knew for a certainty
he was holding the promise.
Do we realize that we, too,
can hold the promise?
The Light of the World is our Savior.
Our darkness is dispelled, hope renewed
by the fact that Jesus, the Messiah, is born to us.
His hands extended in mercy, He awaits.
To what are we holding?
The promised Light has come.
© Lois Williams