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Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)
TITLE: A Promise Fulfilled
By Kevin Kindrick
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A promise was made to me long ago by One who always keeps His word. He said that I would see His Chosen One before I passed.
My name is Simeon.
It was a cold day when I finally saw Him in the flesh. I had felt oddly drawn to the Temple that day, and so I obeyed the tug on my heart.
I entered the Temple and saw a young couple among the crowds bringing their son to be circumcised. Suddenly, it was as if the crowds vanished, and it was just me and this young family.
I knew that this was why the Lord had called me here. I was to greet this family, and His promise would be fulfilled.
At first I hesitated. It had been so long since He had spoken this word to me, I could hardly believe the day finally had come. Then I stepped forward.
I hardly felt the cold stone under my feet as I moved towards them. Before I knew it, I was next to them. With a glance to the mother for permission, I reached out towards the Child. With understanding in her eyes, she handed Him over. As I took Him in my arms, I felt a warmth flow from Him into me that drove out the chill of the day.
There was nothing but Him and me in the world. He looked up at me with knowing eyes – eyes that had seen more than His eight days on this earth could possibly contain.
My spirit was filled with an overflowing joy that had its source in the Child in my arms. Words sprang unbidden to my lips.
“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart 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 of revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”
With tears in her eyes, the mother received the Child back into her arms, and continued with her husband to the temple proper.
I dropped to my knees where I stood, and my eyes filled with tears.
Finally, I had seen the salvation of a world.
I had seen the Son of God.
I had seen a promise fulfilled.
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