Prayer: Loving God, you love us too much! We can barely understand all that you have brought into our world through your birth among us. We love you and praise you—you make life worth living! Amen.
Reading: Luke 2:22-40 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Some people might have a “bucket” list of what they want to do before they die, but this Simeon thing is the inverse. Simeon will not die UNTIL he gives witness to the Lord’s Christ. His life could not be called done until after he sees Jesus. God had a short list of things that must be accomplished before Simeon could kick the bucket and say my life is empty and over.
I love the beauty of Simeon’s song and the harmonious story of the great prophetess Anna. They both herald the arrival of a new chapter and time for God’s people. There is also a subtle challenge for the reader or listener: What do YOU need to do for God before you die? How are you a part of what God is doing? In what ways do WE need to be an active part of God’s in-breaking kingdom? --Andrew Fitch
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