However prepared we may be, life-changing events are always more potent than their anticipation. The death of a loved one induces more grief, and a longed-for birth surprises us with greater joy than we had imagined - as water in the desert produces an intensity of satisfaction for the thirsty traveller. For Simeon, the moment had come. Over the years, the Holy Spirit had inspired him with a hunger to see God's Messiah. Now, when a young couple brought their firstborn son to be presented to the Lord (Leviticus 12:1-8), Simeon was there. The Holy Spirit had moved him to be in the right
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