Nunc Dimittis Luke 2:21-33
Another day – perhaps this is the one?
Another time to come into the temple courts
To look around and wonder if he came.
O Lord what should I look for?
How will I know it’s him?
Will he be tall and handsome,
Or accompanied by others who all know
That he is the one for whom I wait?
Another day – and this time, Lord
You lead me to the temple court –
And I’ve been here before, Lord
And went home with unaccomplished hope.
But this day, Lord, I see a couple
Carrying their child for blessing –
And I doubt that this is what I’m waiting for -
Until I hold the infant in my arms
And he is all baby – and they
Have only the poorest sacrifice
The law allows!
Oh Lord it’s him!
I scarce can speak – for in my arms
I hold the Saviour of mankind
And he is small – so small –
And such a child!
My voice is raised in benediction!
You kept your promise –
And I hold him in my arms -
Whom men and angels know,
And mother senses –
This is the One
The satisfaction –
And you did not disappoint me
For I hold Him and I see
Oh God – dismiss me now
For all my life’s ambition is achieved
And he whom you did send I hold
And know that you are God!
David A. Green: 17 Dec 2010