This post should have happened months ago. However it makes a nice companion to the MVL Easter installation. More on that at this link. Process photos and interpretation from the 2014 MVL Christmas installation.
About the artwork:
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” -Luke 2:25-32 NIV
Simeon’s joyous encounter with Jesus can teach us about our own relationship. The event highlighted that God’s ancient promises have been fulfilled. By faith we can also see God’s salvation of all nations. The Gospel message has been revealed to us by grace and we too can look ahead in peace. As we prepare our hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, may Simeon’s Spirit-filled song help us consider our tremendous blessings.
Students in the MVL Art Factory have been working diligently for most of the semester to produce the “Song of Simeon” image hanging behind the choirs. Along the way students painted the masonite panels with light paint, added masking tape precisely, rolled dark paint over the tape, and peeled tape off. Their time and efforts are a grateful gift to the MVL family and to the glory of God. Merry Christmas!