Guided by the Spirit
Becky Savage of Lee’s Summit, MO, USA
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God… -Luke 2:27-28
My husband and I waited nearly eight years for our first daughter. Multiple tests, medications, procedures, and surgeries unsuccessfully resolved our infertility. We relied on one promise from our adoption social worker: “One day you will be parents.”
Tena was 22 months old when we adopted her. She traveled from place to place with her birth mom for the first months of her life. When Tena’s mom decided to place her daughter for adoption, she told the social worker she could do so “because she knew Tena would sleep in the same bed every night.” Only a truly loving mother could relinquish a child for adoption, particularly one she protected for nearly two years.
Greg and I made a commitment to have Tena blessed. The sacrament of blessing of children follows a pattern similar to Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to the Temple for a blessing, described in the second chapter of Luke. Elsewhere in scripture, Jesus also encouraged parents to bring their babies and children to him for blessings.
We responded to this guidance by bringing Tena to the elders for a blessing. She sat in my lap while Greg touched her shoulder. The congregation joined us in celebrating the sacrament. God’s grace blessed the new union of childless parents and relinquished child. Guided by the Spirit, parents, priesthood, and congregation members committed to loving care for the sake of a child. We all agreed to help Tena grow and thrive as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
“Trust what is being born.”
Jesus, the Peaceful One
We have spent this year with a guiding question: Are we moving closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One? As we near the end of this calendar year, we review how this question has been shaping and forming us. In our thoughts, words, and actions, have we been embodying Jesus, the Peaceful One? What might it look like to move closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One as we make space in our lives for Christ incarnate this Advent season?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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