“When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: ‘a pair of doves or two young pigeons.’
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 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, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’
“The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:21-35, NIV)
Father, you are too good.
You allow your children to see things that others miss. Simeon was so close to you that he heard your whispered promise: “You will see him.” And when the child was in his arms, the man recognized your gift.
I thank you for giving discernment to your children, for allowing us the privilege of hearing your voice. I’m afraid I don’t listen very carefully at times. I know I miss your promises and your instructions. Help me to be still and know you. Let me hear your voice again and again. Thank you for speaking to me and to your church through your word. Thank you for the Holy Spirit’s help in understanding. Thank you again for Jesus.
Your child, Mike.
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