Simeon’s Song – Nunc Dimittis (Latin: Now you dismiss)
Luke 2:29-32 (NIV)
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Many, many, years ago, early on in my marriage, my husband and I sang in the choir in the little church he grew up in. One Christmas the cantata we sang had “Simeon’s Song” in it. My husband had the solo part of Simeon. I have never heard him sing as well as he did that night. The emotion of the song came through so clear and strong. The first line in the rendition that my husband sang was, “Lord, you can take me home now.” One could imagine Simeon standing there with the rest of us.
Oh, to sing the song of Simeon. Oh, the peace that Christ’s salvation imparts. Oh, to have seen the light of Christ and know that His peace is for all who will accept it. Praise God!
Dear Heavenly Father, as you have promised, dismiss your servants in peace. Our eyes have seen your salvation. We praise Him! Amen.