Advent 2018 - Day 23. Simeon prays
Sunday 23rd December 2018
27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Under the direction of the Holy Spirit Simeon enters the Temple, as he had done many times before, but this time it is different. By ‘coincidence’ he arrives there at the same time as Mary and Joseph and the child. It is a divine encounter, the moment he had waited for all his life. Spontaneously he prays over the child, recognising him to be the promised Messiah through whom salvation will come to Jew and Gentile alike. It is a moment when he realises his life’s work is done—he is ready now to die in peace. What an encouragement his prayers would have been to the young couple. Ask God to make you sensitive to such divine encounters as you go about your daily life, and when you recognise a God-given opportunity, take it with both hands!
Holy Spirit, as you moved Simeon may I too be overflowing with the awareness that I have seen Jesus, your salvation. Give me opportunities to bless others this Christmas through the light of Jesus. May he be revealed to others through me, for your glory.