Simeon's Song of Rebirth
When we take an in-depth look at the story of Jesus' birth, we discover a world very different from the "Christmas" that dominates our imaginations. This is no Thomas Kinkade painting, there are no fat cherubims relaxed on couches with harps, and there were no family gatherings with big dinners and gift giving. The world into which God became human was just as violent, bloody, and forlorn - if not more so - as the world we inhabit today. Jesus' birth was clouded by conspiracy, shame, and all kinds of cultural and political tension. In the midst of all of this, Simeon - a righteous prophet of old - waits faithfully for the coming Messiah. When he sees Mary and Joseph in the Temple with the baby Jesus, he can't help but sing a song of rebirth; spring is coming, redemption is here, God be praised!