Deborah Beach Giordano
© March 3, 2012
Lord, now set your servant free
to go in peace
as you have promised;
~ Luke 2:29 KJV
I have to go with the King James translation on this one. Simeon isn’t stating a fact, but offering a prayer of supplication: “Lord, I’ve seen all I need to, my faith is secure. Please, set me free now.”
It is the cry of someone who has waited a long time; a person who has endured a great deal – perhaps patiently, perhaps not. It is an affirmation of faith in God’s promise of peace and an anxiously sought-after relief from suffering. Simeon is asking for a release from his trials and tribulations and troubles.
“Hey, God, I’m so done with all this.”
It is a prayer most of us have prayed at some in our lives: when we are exhausted and overwhelmed, when we feel that we cannot face another day; we’ve reached our limit, lost our nerve, run out of steam. It’s the prayer we pray when we have no other words.
“Lord God, please make it stop!”
But Simeon’s prayer is more than just a complaint. Its answer is contained within it like a pearl inside an oyster.
For I have seen with my own eyes the Savior,
the one You have prepared for all the world to see:
a Light to illuminate all people,
and the crowning glory of Israel.
~ Luke 2:30-32
As tired as we may be, as difficult the battle has been, as anxiously as we long for this passage to end, the news is ultimately good: the Savior has been given to us. God’s plan has been revealed; Wisdom, Love and Life shall be ours eternally.
We can get through this; we shall conquer every fear and survive every trial, for God is with us, always.
All shall be well and all shall be well,
and all manner of thing shall be well.
~ the words of the Lord Christ
as revealed to Julian of Norwich