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Simeon the Devout – Dec. 13

Meditation for the Soul ~

Now there was a man in Jerusalem,
whose name was Simeon,
and this man was righteous and devout,
waiting for the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he would not see death
before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
And he came in the Spirit into the temple,
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him according to the custom of the Law,
he took him up in his arms and blessed God.
~ Luke 2:25-27 ~

Reflection for the Mind ~

I love Simeon’s story, and I love the kind of person he represents. Even though God had been silent for several hundred years, devout men and women like Simeon faithfully waited and prayed for the Promised One to arrive. Tradition held that these precious few were known as the quiet of the land. How counter-cultural to be one of the quiet ones! The elderly Simeon was seen by God and was mightily rewarded. The Spirit sent him to the temple that day to see and carry, and bless the infant Jesus and his family. Just amazing!

Today as we reflect, I wonder if we might examine our own resolve to faithfully pray and wait, not for the babe in a manger but for the returning King. What better time to renew our resolve than as Christmas approaches. May Simeon’s story inspire us to do just that.

Response for the Heart ~

Lord, Simeon reminds me that Your eyes “run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward Him,” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Thank you for righteous, devout Simeon and for stopping and fixing Your eyes upon him! You still look for the Simeon’s of the world… those who cling to Your promises and prayerfully wait for them! Help me by Your Spirit to be among the quiet of the land.

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