Monday, December 6, 2010

"Fire In My Bones" by J. Lee Grady (Simeon)

There would be no Christmas story without the Holy Spirit’s power.

Toward the end of the Christmas narrative, Luke also introduces us to an elderly man named Simeon who had been praying for the coming of the Messiah for many years. The Holy Spirit was “upon” this man (see Luke 2:25-32), and the Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen Jesus. As it turned out, Simeon held the baby Jesus in his arms, spoke a prophetic blessing over the child and prophesied to his mother.

Simeon reminds me that the Spirit will give me the power to hold onto God’s promises, no matter how many years it takes to see their fulfillment.

[I am indebted to J. Lee Grady for the above, published in Charisma Magazine]

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