Feast of the Presentation of our Lord
I love the line in this gospel, "The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;" Whenever I get a note from a teacher or a phone call from another parent complimenting my child, I often wonder if we are talking about the same kid. As moms, we can get so caught up with the day to day busy-ness of parenting, we forget to look for Christ around us, even in our children. How did Simeon and Anna recognize Christ? They were looking for him! Every hour of every day they were waiting and searching. Where will you find Christ if you look?
One more thing: Try to recognize Christ in your child today. It may be in the little things they say or do: a hug, helping out without being asked, doing something thoughtful for a friend, or a painted picture hung from the fridge. Compliment your child on their Christ-like behavior today!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to recognize You in the smallest of the small, my children. Help me to cherish You in them, as Simeon and Anna cherished You in the temple. In your name, I pray, Amen.