Expectations are a powerful force in our lives. As the New
Year gets underway resolutions have been made, openly or in secret, our dreams for a healthier, fitter or in some way, happier
year to come. We expect to be able to change and yet at the same time doubt our inner strength.
Christmas season reached its climax in our churches on 31st January as we celebrated Candlemas. This simple story is all about
expectations. Two elderly people, a man Simeon and a woman Anna, had spent their lives waiting for Jesus to come into the
world. They had read the Bible carefully and were just hoping that it would be in their lifetime that he would somehow appear.
One Sunday in the huge church in Jerusalem, a young couple slipped in amongst the crowd, carrying a baby newly born. They
had come to give thanks to God for their son. Simeon in the power of his expectation, recognized Jesus the world's Saviour.
To the surprise of Mary and Joseph, he took Jesus into his arms and with all the pent up longing of his life, declared his
joy and thankfulness. He and Anna were content that their resolution had not only been fulfilled but far outpassed.
are key to our lives. What we most desire is the hidden power of our present and our future. We don't have to be especially
different. It's alright to be as we are but it helps to prepare ourselves to expect the best. Jesus has come, His Spirit
is with us, with each of us. The Bible says not only that He will come again but that next time, everyone will recognize Him.
Now there's a thought!
With my love and prayers,