Then Simeon blessed them and he said to Mary the baby's mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God but many will oppose him.”
Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the Temple to fulfil the requirements of the Law- he is circumcised and they dedicate him to the Lord.
Two devout people, Simeon and Anna, prophesy over the baby. Jesus is a light for many but He will be opposed by many.
Jesus' parents then return to Nazareth where the child grows in stature and wisdom.
Joseph, Mary, Simeon and Anna are individuals who are each focussed on being faithful to God. The Holy Spirit brings them together in one place at the same time to confirm that this baby is the long-awaited Messiah.
When we dedicate our lives to simply following God the most amazing things can happen unexpectedly.
The keys are prayer and patience. Pursuing God is a life's work, a process rather than a goal. Years of ordinary living are interspersed with moments of extraordinary grace.
Lord. Please grant me the ability to serve you all my life, seeking you in all that I do. Amen.