Simeon and Anna may be like the older relatives with whom we are sharing Christmas. They are loved by us and show us the many ways to worship God, and love the people around us. They help us recognize God at work. The joy of Anna and Simeon is our own as we, too, welcome the birth of the Christ.
This week, talk about how Jesus is a gift for us. Imagine the size of God’s love that inspired such a gift. How might this gift inspire us to now be in the world?
With the angel’s announcement to Mary in the gospel of Luke, we catch a vision of how completely lives can be changed by “the power of the Most High.”
Sometimes life can be completely changed in a moment. When everything is up in the air, it’s good to have people around who can help us stay grounded.
This week, phone someone who has been by your side in a time of change. What do you want to tell her or him?
Our lives are full of endings and beginnings. We have all lost and welcomed significant people in our lives. As the Israelites draw closer to God’s land of promise, they grapple with the loss of their prophetic leader, Moses, and embrace their new leader, Joshua.
This week, as you listen to or read the news, pay special attention to the prophets in today’s world. Reflect on how they might be similar to Moses or Joshua.