Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Child of God

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, the parents of Jesus brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
"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."
And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed-- and a sword will pierce your own soul too."
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. Luke 2:22-40

A Child of God

Oh little one, bundled and swaddled
held tight and offered to God for blessing
the child of the living God made fragile
human and vulnerable like each of us.

Small  hands and legs that only kick
now will become the One who walks
across the barriers of space, time and race
the feet that will be nailed to a cross.

This wonderful reality like us
fully human fully divine creates for us
a connection a living relationship
a home abiding with God even now.

We are also fragile and fearful
brought to the holy places for dedication
we ache to grow strong and wise
we find ourselves falling over again.

You, O Child of the living God
call us to get up and walk 
see when we were blinded and broken
sit at your table and eat with you.

O living God, the incarnate present
help us to fall into your arms of care
help us to be your arms of love for others
and know you are walking with us still. 

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