“Now, master, let your servant go in peace according to your word,
because my eyes have seen your salvation.
You prepared this salvation in the presence of all peoples.
It’s a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and a glory for your people Israel.”
Let’s go to the temple once again, this time meeting two other elderly people who were praying for God’s salvation. It was the time to have Jesus dedicated in the Temple—offered to God for his whole life.
Just as the hymns of Zechariah and Mary in previous parts of these early chapter in Luke, the aged Simeon breaks out into another beautiful song of peace. It’s a perfect night prayer. Picture yourself saying his words as each day comes to an end: “Lord, now you can dismiss your servant in peace! As you promised me, I have seen the Savior you have given to all people.”
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Dismiss your servant in peace. v. 2
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is Christmas Week
Winter in the north. Year C
On Fridays we read the Gospel of Luke
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…