The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “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.” (Luke 2:33-35)
When I was young, I rose and fell like a roller coaster. I believed in Jesus for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t know Him. I fell because I didn’t pray. When I was 16, I realized I could have a personal relationship with Jesus. He was my brother and became my friend. I still didn’t understand my importance to God and His plan; I had poor self-esteem. A man wanted to marry me when I was only 18, and I took the bait. He was not the man God intended for me, and I divorced. I knew I was sinning on purpose when I divorced, so I refused to accept forgiveness from God or myself. I fell hard. When I met the man God intended for me, we went to church and Bible Study. My life has been on the rise ever since. I think about God becoming human, forgiven sin, being “God’s girl,” his daughter, and some day being with him in heaven, and after all these years, I still marvel. Joseph and Mary were still marveling when Simeon, a complete stranger, publicly declared their son to be the Messiah. Simeon, a prophet, found out from God – another reason to marvel.
During Jesus’ ministry, many opposed Him and their hearts were revealed. They hung Jesus on a cross, and after he died, a soldier pierced his side to make sure he was dead. Mary was watching. Her soul would be pierced, too.