“Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.” – Lk. 2:29-32
I’m inspired by Simeon’s response to seeing the baby Jesus in today’s Gospel. He remained steadfast in his hope, embraced the gift of the Christ child once He arrived, and moved from a place of peace from there. How does that work nowadays though, with going back to work, school, and so forth? Yes with joys and excitements but also struggles and unresolved concerns, personal hopes from Advent still waiting to be fulfilled? What if I want to stay away from those questions for at least a bit longer?
A quote I came across recently from E’yen Gardner provides some encouragement: "Being still does not mean don't move. It means move in peace." I am at peace not because my life is all together, or because there are no challenges, or because I am not afraid. In fact, none of these are true right now, and I would be surprised if they ever were (even though I admit at times it would feel nice).
No, I am at peace because I know that I am heading towards my brightest light, that is, a fuller unfolding of Jesus within and through me; because I know He, Mary, the angels, family, friends, and so many more are by my side, guiding, protecting, praying for, and more than anything else simply being with me; because I know that I am being led, moment by moment, more completely into discovering and living out my own path; because God is sending down His love in an overwhelming downpour in so many ways that cannot and will not be stopped. This is the peace promised to all of us, so that we can echo Simeon’s words in our own way each day.
The peace that says I am more vulnerable, and so I am that much more courageous.
The peace that says I am weaker, and so I am that much more strong.
The peace that says I am more broken, and so I am that much more whole.
For it is my pieces that, offered up, are transformed into the one Piece.
And that… changes… everything.
How can I move in further peace today? How can I develop a sense of stillness in the midst of my day to day to make space for this?