This is the night in which, imperceptibly, almost silently, the world shifted just a fraction, just enough, just barely enough, for God to do something new.
Contrary to what everyone else expects and says should happen, something about this message, this story, this promise of God made manifest in the Christmas story and in the story of Jesus Christ speaks to people who live in places like Aleppo, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Berlin, Yemen.
But into that fear, that heart of darkness, there is another voice, another message. It's hard to hear, amidst the cries of danger, especially those that call for overreactions to those things that scare us. It's a small voice, easily buried and forgotten, but it's there. And it's the reason we are gathered here tonight.
What can the church learn from the witness and faith of Holy Simeon?
How does the Nativity of Our Lord speak to a hurting world?