Christmas feels like a long wait for children. They wait for it all year, and then December drags slower than ever. Christmas Eve feels like an eternity and finally Christmas morning comes. For many children, by the time the evening arrives their nerves are fried and everything starts getting a bit fraught. Was it worth the wait? Maybe.
Simeon waited many years to lay eyes on His Messiah. When Mary gingerly carried her newborn son into the temple with Joseph watching over her, Simeon finally got to see the boy Messiah. Now dismiss me! He declared. It was worth the wait.
May the familiarity of Christmas not spoil the wonder of the incarnation for us this year. Pray that by His Spirit, God will give your heart a glimpse of His Son that will remind you that only in Him is their true satisfaction. And, if you have met Jesus, then there is nothing to fear even if death is your next earthly experience!