Matthew’s Begats

December 24, 2008

I think this song is pretty clever. And I think a book that can make it’s theme understandable and enjoyable for kids is well worth checking out! Heather and I will take a look at the book (see it here) and let you know… unfortunately not in time for this Christmas, but well in advance for next. See the song performed live (from a concert in 2004) below:

~ Donovan

“Simeon’s Moment” by Ron DiCianni

My stepmom shared this picture with our family a few years back. It was the picture of the month for December in a calendar she had, and the Lord used it to really bless her (and through her – bless me). I remember the tears in her eyes as she spoke about what this moment must have been like. This portion of Luke has been sweeter to me ever since: 

Luke 2:25-35

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

 ”Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
   you now dismiss your servant in peace.
   For my eyes have seen your salvation,
   which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
   a light for revelation to the Gentiles
   and for glory to your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

This is the artist’s description of his painting:

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