29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[ in peace,
according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”
In today’s gospel Simeon sings a song of gratitude to God, for God has kept the promise to Simeon that he would not die before he saw the coming of the Messiah…
And now Simeon is holding the baby Jesus in his arms!
So he sings a song of joy and gratitude, as God’s promise to him has been fulfilled, the long awaited child is now safe and in his arms …Simeon has lived to see the Messiah!
Today, as we pause to give thanks for all of the good gifts we have been given by God we can join in with Simeon as he sings his song of joy and thanksgiving…as we too have been given many gifts from God!
Like Simeon we can rejoice over the coming of the Messiah into the world, but on a more personal level, we can share the joy of being parents to our own amazing children; our own promise from God that life IS good and that we are immersed in grace and love!
Our children are gifts from God, though these gifts may be challenging at times, they are still a miracle and a sign of God’s love for us, and for the world…a sign that life goes on, and that God is with us every step of the way!
And here is another thing to be grateful for today: although we are single parents, we are not raising our children alone, as we have a lot of support, drawing strength both from our faith in God, and from the love and considerations of those around us, from family members, to friends and professionals, to strangers who simply offer us kindness as we meet them throughout our day!
We can give thanks for all the grace of God, which surrounds us in the midst of our daily lives, as shared with others, and for the miracle of our children…and the fact that we have been given the responsibility of raising them, loving them and guiding them through life; not a task or a duty, but a blessing – as being single parents can give us an opportunity to bond with our children that we never would have had if we were more ‘conventional’.
So today, let us rejoice and give thanks with Simeon, for promises kept, love given, lives enriched, and for all the many gifts given to us by God on a daily basis; and then let us share this gratitude with others as we reach out in faith to help those in need (both spiritually and materially); reminding them that God’s promise of love and hope is also for them.
Let us Pray
God, please help us to be thankful all year long for the gifts of love you have given to us. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be single parents, and to form a strong bond with our children. Help us to share our gratitude with others, and in doing so, let us shine the light of your love and forgiveness wherever it is needed.