Simeon’s song of peaceful departing is a mixture of pieces of the Psalms and songs of ancient Israel drawn together to express the comfort and joy he feels as he holds Jesus in his arms. He sees in this small child the Savior of the world. . . . Singing his song helps us rest in the assurance of God’s promises as we embrace God’s presence with us. The peace of God’s presence releases us to go wherever God sends us.
—Max O. Vincent, Good News of Great Joy: Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Simeon took [the child Jesus] in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples.”
—Luke 2:28-31 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord, Emmanuel. Amen.
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