Words from the Heart for Friday December 28th, 2018
She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.
Luke 2:38 (NLT)
Talking About the Child
The eternal God who created time told a small circle of believing people what He was about to do on the earth. Simeon & Anna both received a prophetic word about the coming of the Christ. This God of divine timing coordinated their steps so they arrived just at the right moment to see the Christ Child. Anna excitedly carried the news to others who believed.
The Huron Carol, known in the Huron language as The “Jesous Ahatonhia” (“Jesus is born” in English), written by Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf survived as Huron descendants, who settled in Lorette, near Québec City, passed it down the generations and told the story of Jesus’ birth. Today the Huron, like many other First Nations, continue to celebrate the Nativity as well as the festival of Saint Anne (July 26), the grandmother of Jesus, whom they venerate as their patron saint.
It is said that good news travels slowly, but bad news is around the world in seconds. In this day of social networking, this is truer than ever. Today is the fourth day of Christmas, and for many, life is returning to normal. Some have already taken down their Christmas tree, and gifts have found their place in a drawer or cupboard somewhere. For the world, Christmas comes quickly and leaves quickly. But for those of us who have come to know the Lord Jesus, Christmas never ends. We are called to go on speaking about the One who was born in a stable and now reigns in our hearts by faith. There is Biblical support for this. In Luke 2:38 we read about a woman named Anna, a prophet the Bible says. She understands all that has happened and Luke tells us this: “She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.” Christmas may be over, but for those of us who know Him by faith, let’s keep on talking about Him to everyone we meet.
These have been words from the heart.