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Simeon's Moment by Ron DiCianni © 2013.  Image used by Permission www.TapestryProductions.com

Simeon’s Moment by Ron DiCianni © 2013. Image used by Permission http://www.TapestryProductions.com

Third Wednesday: Simeon (Joy to the World)

Read: Luke 2: 25-33

Uncontainable Joy

Simeon had no doubt when he saw Mary and Joseph holding their first born son that this baby was the Saviour-King God had promised. He knew because the Holy Spirit that had been resting on him was now dancing inside of him. When Simeon took Jesus in his arms, his joy and the Holy Spirit’s joy were so great that he could hardly contain himself. Their joy burst out in praises to God. Joy came in wondrous words, through a laughing mouth with hot tears rolling down Simeon’s cheeks. He praised God saying, “My Master my job is done; You can dismiss me in peace, for I have seen with my own eyes the King You sent. This child will one day invite all people, the ones who know You and the ones who don’t, to see who You really are, receive God’s love and share God’s love the way you do.”

When Simeon heard what he had just said, he knew those words were not his own. The Holy Spirit gave them to him. And that made Simeon all the more joyful because then he knew they were true. This King, this Jesus, was going to do it.

by Esther Hizsa

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Question: Have you ever felt so much joy you thought you would burst? When? What made you feel so joyful?

Together: Sing Joy to the World.

Prayer: Give three cheers for Jesus! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, HOORAY! AHHHH-MEN!

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love

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Introduction to Face to Face: Advent Reflections

Simeon’s Moment by Ron DiCianni © 2013. Image used by Permission www.TapestryProductions.com

Uncontainable Joy © 2013 by Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim. Used by Permission.

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