Stewards: Anna & Simeon- good stewards

By Charlie Osewalt | 20 June 2013 | Comments (1)

Anna & Simeon

Anna and Simeon: Good Stewards

Behind the second door

Luke 2

 

In 1996 my wife, Priscilla had great plans to return to her birthplace, Galway.  Her grandfather had survived the sinking of the Titanic and married a Galway girl in America. Neither of them ever wanted to return but their children did. Plans were made for this momentous visit to Ireland along with three of her ten siblings and her Mum.

It was not to be for Priscilla. Her Lupus kicked in with a vengeance and getting out of bed was journey enough in the '90s.

So this year we planned to go. Excited, Priscilla spoke of walking to her home on St. John's Terrace; knocking on neighbours' doors; being invited in; having tea, viewing old photographs.

With over 50 years having passed since she was there, every word she spoke sunk my heart further. How could a neighbour be still alive? And recognise her? I didn't see it. All I saw was disappointment for my lovely wife of thirty years. I said nothing and prepared to rescue her sorrows.

At the second door Priscilla knocked on, a lady called Sally answered. Sally said nothing. She cried. Priscilla cried. Not a word was spoken.

I stood with my mouth open, unable to move. Thank God our daughter Sarah was with us and had the presence of mind to take the picture you see here.

Sally invited us in for tea. She’d recognised Priscilla immediately because she’s the image of her best friend, Marian. Priscilla's mum. Sally took out some old photos to show us and gave us some to take away. Some were of Eugene Daly: Priscilla's grandfather who survived the Titanic.

I can have faith in big things: Jesus died for me; He loves me; Priscilla and my children love me. But the desires of others? Their visions and beliefs?

Priscilla knew by the Spirit someone would be there. In the Spirit Sally waited for 17 years for someone to return from the Joyce family. They saw and believed.

In Luke 2 Anna and Simeon wait with the Spirit for a glimpse of the Messiah before they passed from this world.

They waited and waited, holding true to the vision they had been given; then moved by the Spirit, they saw. As prophets they spoke and speak to us now of what He gave them to see.

Waiting with full and certain hope, they are our vision stewards. Prophets see and that is belief enough, seeing as God sees.

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Posted by Charlie Osewalt

Charles Osewalt is a husband, father of four children and former elder at Redeemer Church NYC. He has worked in schools for the last twenty years as principal in the Morrisanna section of the Bronx. He formerly worked as a content and curriculum specialist for Stewardship. He tweets at @charlesosewalt

comments:

Joshua

June 23, 2013 10:20 PM
What an incredible, touching story, I am so glad Priscilla and Sally found joy and comfort in one another! For some reason this story reminds me of the dog Argos from Homer's Odyssey; no words had to be exchanged, just a reciprocation of love from one heart to another, no matter the amount of distance or time. This is exactly what our Father wants us all to encounter, feel, and cherish with Him, how encouraging, thank you for sharing!

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