Advent & Christmastide Devotional
Week 1: Joy Day 5

Fri, Dec 29

Invitation – Psalm 98:1-2

Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his right­eousness in the sight of the nations.

Scripture Reading – Luke 2:25-35

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Dwelling

Pause and remind yourself that God is a Father who loves and instructs his children. Ask God what he might be teaching you through his Word. How might God be stirring your heart to respond to him today?

Guided Prayer

  • Praise God that we do not have to wait in vain.
  • Be glad for the salvation of the Lord that has come for all people.

Confessional Prayer – WSC 20

Compassionate Lord, we give you thanks for delivering us from sin and misery. This state we brought upon ourselves, but in your kindness and care you redeemed us through your Son. While we wait in expectation for your restoration of all things, grant us perseverance through the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Blessing – Luke 2:14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!