“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.” - Revelation 22:12
Kempton New Church

December
25

“Now Thou Sendest Thy Servant Away in Peace”

And when the days of her purification were accomplished, according to the Law of Moses, they brought° Him up to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord, …. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was just and circumspect, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents were bringing° in the little Child Jesus, to do for Him after the custom of the law, and he took Him up in his arms°, and blessed God, and said, Now Thou sendest Thy servant away in peace, O Lord°, according to Thy saying; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples; Light for revelation of the nations, and the Glory of Thy people Israel. (Luke 2:22, 25–32)

[Peace] is like dawn on the earth, which gladdens minds with universal delight; and the truth of peace is like the light of the dawn. … Peace has in it confidence in the Lord, that He directs all things, and provides all things, and that He leads to a good end. When a man is in this faith, he is in peace, for he then fears nothing, and no solicitude about things to come disquiets him. (Arcana Cœlestia 8455)

Peace in the heavens is the Divine inmostly affecting with blessedness everything good and true there …. Because the peace of heaven is the Divine inmostly affecting with blessedness the veriest good in angels, it can be clearly perceived by them only in the delight of their hearts when they are in the good of their life, in the pleasure with which they hear truth that agrees with their good, and in gladness of mind when they perceive the conjunction of good and truth. From this it flows into all the acts and thoughts of their life, and there presents itself as joy. (HH 286, 288)

The Lord is Peace itself. (Arcana Cœlestia 1726)

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