Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Simeon had become a very old man. He had begun to doubt the Holy Spirit's promise that he would not see death before he had seen the Messiah. Then as he was sitting in the temple, Mary and Joseph walked in with the baby Jesus. They placed the child in Simeon's arms and he said this prayer:

“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 the glory of your people Israel.”

                          (Luke 2:29-32)

These words of Simeon have become known as The Nunc Dimittis. They have often been  used in formal worship orders or liturgies throughout Christian history.  The passage is frequently used in evening prayer because of it's peaceful message. It is a text that keeps us mindful that Jesus comes to us keeping God’s promise to be with us in all circumstances.

We all have ”Nunc Dimittis Moments.” They come in moments of great joy! They also come in times of tough decisions or when facing temptation. Our God comes to us in all times and circumstances. Let us be active in prayer, responding to the presence of the Holy Spirit in all seasons of life.

Prayers: For Debbi Meador as she struggles with cancer and all who are in need of healing, for the United Nations and all world leaders, for those recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, for Hurricane Jose which is threatening to hit Puerto Rico, for all those impacted by wild fires, and for the Nunc Dimittis moment in our midst.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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