Over the last few years there has been a rise in the number of versions of the nativity that take a look at the story from a different perspective. Many of these are from the point of view of one of the animals. I’ve always been interested in how and why we anthropomorphise animals. Disney’s Robin Hood is one of my favourite movies and I love the idea we can represent different human attributes with particular animals.
But the nativity really doesn’t need our help to do that – there are so many different characters for us to explore. Simeon and Anna are often missed from the versions we see in school but they are fascinating characters. If we look at the story from their perspective, Jesus fulfilled a prophesy they had waited a lifetime for. They recognised something that others didn’t when Mary and Joseph visited the temple in Jerusalem.
Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.
Are we spirit led like Simeon was? Do we go where God leads us and speak to those he leads us to? Who is it that God may want us to speak to this Advent, to share hope and love with?