Verse 26: It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
For some reason, Simeon was one of few chosen to experience the Holy Spirit. When he was moved by the Spirit to head to the temple that day, he was probably on the lookout for something special, something different. When he saw Mary and Joseph and Jesus, he knew. I know the Holy Spirit also lives in me. Do I listen for God’s direction? Often when I pray I find myself thinking back to remember all of the people and things I would like to ask God to help with. I know I spend very little time listening for the Spirit’s direction for me. All of the verses this week have included God sending messages to individual people. They needed to be listening. I need to be listening.
Holy Father, Starting now, during this Advent season, I will try harder to listen for you. I do not want to miss hearing your message for me. Thank you for your unending grace. Amen