This prayer is known as the Nunc Dimittis, a prayer of completion and supplication for release sung at the end of a service of worship in many traditions.
I remember this sung at the end of my childhood church service, and it always brought me to a full stop; a moment where I felt a sense of sorrow and confusion. Had I really seen Salvation?
But how long would that take?
Remember that Jesus’ ministry did not begin until he was at least 30 years old. Remember the shepherds in the fields rejoicing over the birth told to them by a vision of angels? Were they even still alive when Jesus began healing the sick and restoring sight to the blind.
How hard is it to wait for God’s timing?
This Christmas, let us resolve to help others here on this earth to open their eyes to the world to come, to build God’s kingdom here on earth, like it is in heaven. To share his precious love to the hurt, lost, broken humanity which is all around us. We, as followers of Jesus Christ have already forfeited out lives, so we should strive to live out the call he has placed before us, and to discern in what way each of us can be “a little Christ” to allow God to fill us with his light and to let it shine.
Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created, according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire house of Israel, speedily and soon, and say Amen. May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity. Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded by the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world and say, Amen. May there be abundant peace from heaven and life for us and for all Israel and say, Amen. He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may create peace for us and for all Israel, and say Amen.