Simeon and Anna’s Song
The Gospel of Luke is one of my favorite Gospels, especially around Advent/Christmas. While John the Baptist is often the subject of Advent, there are so many small narratives in the Bible around the birth of Jesus. One of my favorites is Simeon and Anna’s song found in Luke 2:22-38.
After Jesus’ birth, it was customary for the couple to bring the newly birthed child to the temple for naming and circumcision. While doing the customary sacrifice, a man named Simeon enters the Temple. He is described as older and devout with God’s Spirit within him. When he sees Jesus, he breaks into song. It is a song the Lutheran church often sang at the end of communion services within the Green Lutheran Book of Worship.
“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,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”
Simeon was told he couldn’t die until he saw the promised one who would save Israel. To me, this passage is filled with such joy even with it ending in a warning to Mary that her soul shall be pierced.
If that wasn’t enough, there is also an older woman named Anna sitting nearby. While Luke doesn’t record her song, she too has been waiting and breaks into song when she sees Jesus.
These two passages, for me, encapsulate the joy found in the Christ child. We just break out into song at this marvelous wonder. Salva