Daniel was getting old and he had lived his role in God’s Story well. He had served alongside several kings through his many years in Babylon. His life had been full of visions, dreams, interpretations, and a visit to a den of lions. He rallied God’s people in prayer. He stood up for good and for God. He purposed early on to be faithful to God, and God blessed him.
Cyrus, king of Persia, is now in charge and he decreed that the Israelites, now called Jews, could return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple and re-establish the desolate post-war land. We hear from Daniel one last time, a series of challenging end-time prophesies which include an interesting statement: And blessed are those who wait and remain until the end of the 1,335 days! I will not pretend to know what that means, but Daniel was blessed and received a final promise of rest and an allotted inheritance.
He was a good man and lived a good life. Thank You God for Daniel and for his life that continues to inspire. May we make resolutions about things that really matter and then be faithful to keep them our whole lives through. Help us to remember that life is not over until it is over, and then for those who love You, life really begins! Amen.