Thursday, December 14, 2023

Thursday Thoughts

As you know, one of my kids farms fulltime. He and his family were greatly blessed of the Lord this year. Today we had lunch together to celebrate the goodness of God, mindful of George Washington's words on that first Thanksgiving Day back in 1789 as he implored the nation to unite in rendering to God "our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection." 

Prior to that I got in another full workout at the gym. 

Sounds of grunting were accompanied by the delightful words of Lewis's Screwtape Letters

Earlier still, my Bible study this morning was in Luke 2. I focused in on verses 29-32, the so-called "Nunc Dimittis." The Nunc Dimittis is a hymn of praise sung by the aged Simeon in the Jerusalem temple. Mary and Joseph had just arrived there to present the infant Jesus for the rite of purification according to Jewish law. Simeon had earlier been told by the Holy Spirit that he would get to see the Messiah. Simeon immediately recognized the baby as the promised Messiah. Taking him into his arms, he raised his hymn of praise:

"Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum, in pace." 

"Now, Master, you can let your servant depart in peace, according to your word."

Here is the entire cantical in Greek:

And here it is in Latin. 

My, what a wonderful hymn. Here I am reading it in Ecclesiastical Latin:

Right now it's time for me to get caught up on emails and then take a nap. I'm grateful to God for health, family, and especially for Christ. What we have in him is greater than anything we don't have in ourselves.