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And The Parents Marvel!

Luke 2:33

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.

profileChristmas is often about children.  As a matter of fact – much of the life of a parent is about the children.  Some of my fondest memories are about events in the life of my children – our three daughters.  Things like one daughter organizing her playground in elementary school – so that the students (her classmates) would move from apparatus to apparatus in an orderly fashion at her instruction.  Things like one daughter needing to find words she couldn’t spell (and neither could her parents) for her weekly test because she already knew the words for her class that week (every week).  Things like one daughter who didn’t seem to have interest in school becoming a straight A-student through college and grad school.

There were other things for sure – things like one daughter scoring 30 points in the opening game of her senior year of basketball in High School and playing three varsity sports during her four years in High School.  Another daughter was named captain of her varsity team because of her leadership abilities (only non-starter to ever be named captain in school history).  Having two daughters start a basketball game as freshman (the twin towers).  Having a daughter raise a fold to be a well-trained and beautiful horse (huge horse).  I could go on and on like all three deciding to love Jesus as their Lord and Savior (the most important thing).

When I read things about them I marvel at what God has blessed us with as parents.  All three of them are amazing young women.  I can relate – just a little – a very little – of what Mary and Joseph must have felt about Jesus.  Here is today’s passage in partial context.  Luke 2:25-35 – 25 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. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 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, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.  30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 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, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

What marvelous things were said about Jesus – before He even began to walk on this earth (as a baby)!  Joseph and Mary marveled at all that was said about Him.  And we today marvel at them as well.  Jesus is the reason for the season!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


December 19, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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