This is written from a Mother’s Perspective – specifically from Mary’s. I did a lot of research into what it would have been like, but this is STRICTLY my imagination, there is no guarantee any of this really happened or really were her thoughts. I do use scripture through out. However, it’s mostly how I think I might have thought if I were her.
A Mother’s Thoughts – Day 42
We took Jesus to his Redemption of the Son (pidyon ha-ben). It was a very unique experience. We saw a man there, his name was Simeon. When we took Jesus into the Temple Courts, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God. He said, ““Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” He truly was a man with the Spirit upon him. How else would he know who Jesus was? Joseph and I were in awe and just stood there and stared.
Simeon then turned to us and blessed us. I will never forget, he looked at me and said, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too. My heart sank and my breath was caught right out of my lungs.
We found out later it had been revealed to this Simeon, by the Holy Spirit, that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. We are still in awe and wonderment.
We also met a prophet named Anna, she was very old and was a widow. Many people told us she never left the temple, she was there worshiping night and day. She fasted and prayed. She came up to us and gave thanks to God. She continued to speak of Jesus to all who were looking for the redemption and deliverance of Jerusalem.
Joseph and I finished everything we were required to do according to the Law and then left Jerusalem. On our long journey to Galilee, we talked over and over about the day and all the events and people we spoke too. What a crazy day, it will be etched in our minds for a long time.
Joseph talked about the phrase Simeon said about being a light and how it sounded very similar to something Isaiah had said,
“Listen to me, O coastlands,
and give attention, you peoples from afar.
The Lord called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” … “And now the Lord says,
he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
Gentiles? I can’t even imagine. And sometimes it is so surreal to think of how I was spoke of so many years ago. “Called from the womb, from the body of my mother,” That is me! It can be so overwhelming at times.
As young women, we dream of our children, and what they will become, what kind of life they will have. And here I am, the mother of a child who was spoke of some 700 years ago. The prophets spoke of him and the path laid out before him. His mission and it’s ending have already been foretold. Simeon is right, a sword will pierce my heart, I can almost feel it now.
Too much to think about, too much to feel. But I must remember, as Isaiah spoke, “my God has been my strength.” He is my strength, my comfort.
It’s been a long journey. I am going to try to rest now. My mind will settle and my heart find peace with just one look at his face. His small hands and feet … his smile as he looks at me … his eyes with a light that seems will shine forever … yes, he is a light, a light unto the world.
We will let tomorrow take care of tomorrow, what can we gain by worrying about it anyway, we will let tomorrow worry about itself.