Christmas is coming! And with Christmas comes all the great things about the holiday season—presents, cookies, decorations, trees, snow, and more! But as great as this season is, Christmas can also be a reminder of everything that’s not so great. For many of us, the story of Christmas in our lives feels more like a story of loneliness, disappointment, loss, and struggle. For a season that’s supposed to be about celebrating all that God has done for us, it can also be a season that leaves us wondering where God is, what He’s up to, and why He hasn’t come through in the ways we hoped He would. Believe it or not, people have been feeling this way at Christmas for a long time—all the way back to the very first Christmas. Alongside Mary, Joseph, and some of the more familiar characters in the Christmas story was another guy named Simeon—a guy who was eagerly waiting and watching to see how God might come through for His people. And as we look at the way the Christmas story unfolded for Simeon, we’ll see that God is always working in our lives—sometimes in the ways we least expect.
What’s the craziest or strangest Christmas decoration your family puts up (or the craziest you’ve seen)?
Luke 2:25-33 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Prophecy of Simeon
25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,
as you have promised.
30 I have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared for all people.
32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
33 Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him.
Galatians 4:4 New Living Translation (NLT)
4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.
What’s one way we can trust God during times of silence?
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.
Mark the Cross of Christ on each others foreheads as a remembrance of your baptism and say these words...
"(Name) you are a beloved Child of God."
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