How Can I Keep From Singing?
My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation
In the beginning chapters of the Gospel of Luke, we see examples of human faithfulness: Mary’s faithfulness, Zechariah’s faithfulness (the first thing this guy says after months of muteness is a prayer!), and the shepherds’ faithfulness. On Sunday, we are looking at the faithfulness of Simeon and Anna, two senior citizens who praised God in the temple and blessed the 8-day-old Jesus. Unlike the others, Simeon was not visited by an angel before he broke into song. Moved by the Spirit, Simeon looks at this tiny baby and sees the salvation of the world. Simeon sings, “With my own eyes I’ve seen your salvation.” Friends, may we be attentive to the movement of the Holy Spirit; may we be righteous and devout like Simeon and Anna; and may we have eyes that see God’s saving activity unfolding in our world today.
Music: "What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright?" by Howard Helvey; Susan Stephenson, violin
During this Advent season in a sermon series entitled, "How Can I Keep From Singing" we'll spend time reflecting on the songs within the scripture that accompany our Savior's birth. My hope is that these biblical songs will not only inform the songs we sing, but the spirit we bring to this special time of year.