One tradition Tom brought to our family was the hanging of Christmas stockings, whether we had a fireplace or not. It may seem silly, but our adult children still have stockings "hung by the chimney with care."
Jesus's earthly heritage had many rituals, such as how and when offerings were given, ritual cleansing, and circumcision.
I love this passage from Luke because it tenderly shows how God leans in to listen to our hearts. It also shows how two people embarked on their journey of a lifetime by starting with a ritual.
26 The Holy Spirit told him that he would not die before he saw the Messiah from the Lord. 27 The Spirit led Simeon to the Temple. So he was there when Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to do what the Jewish law said they must do.28 Simeon took the baby in his arms and thanked God:
29 “Now, Lord, you can let me, your servant, die in peace as you said.
30 I have seen with my own eyes how you will save your people.
31 Now all people can see your plan.
32 He is a light to show your way to the other nations.
And he will bring honor to your people Israel.”
33 Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what Simeon said about him.
Luke 2:26-33 ERV
During this season of Epiphany, I am choosing to slow down and look for ways I can connect with Jesus. Instead of jumping to Lent, I want to dig a little deeper into the humanity of the Divine.
I hope you'll join me as we pause to reflect on events between the Nativity and the cross during the next several weeks.