Luke 2:25 “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.”
Simeon was a man who had made ready for the appearing of Jesus. He was waiting in anticipation for the arrival of the Son of God. For Simeon there was nothing on earth that could eclipse the significance of the Advent of Jesus. This event above all others, was about to turn the world upside down, and he wasn’t going to miss it for anything.

Today is the 1st of December and the countdown to Christmas has started, but for most of us, if we let it, advent will be less about preparation for the Saviour, and more about preparation for fun, festivities and gift giving.

Rather than letting the more insignificant aspects of Christmas obscure Jesus altogether, why not this year use Advent as an opportunity to do as Simeon did and prepare for the coming of the One who can save us and give us peace with God? The festivities will then be even sweeter!