God’s Story, Our Story™ January 1, 2017: Anna And Simeon

Devotion: Use this resource at home to guide your household’s daily devotions.

Pray: Light a candle and open your devotion time with a prayer.

O Lord, sometimes we encounter you in unexpected places. May we meet you with joy and honor you in our speaking and acting. In your holy name we pray, Amen.


Read: Read the following daily. After the reading, ask the follow-up questions.

Sunday: Simeon and Anna, Luke 2:21-38

Monday: Purification of a Woman after Childbirth, Leviticus 12:1-8

Tuesday: The Law Concerning Dedication of Firstborns, Exodus 13:1-16

Wednesday: Levites Become Substitutes for Firstborns, Numbers 3:40-51

Thursday: God’s Servant, Isaiah 42:1-9

Friday: The Boy Jesus Is Found in the Temple, Luke 2:39-52

Saturday: Laws Concerning Festivals, Exodus 23:10-17

What kinds of rites and rituals are tied to infants in Jesus’ day?


Connect: Discuss the following questions.

What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

Where do you see Jesus in the world? Where would you like to see Jesus in the world?

What’s the meaning of your name? Do you have a title or an identity? How does your name, title, or identity shape how behave in the world? How does it shape how people treat you? How can you honor your family name? How can your name honor you?


Do: By acting on what we learn we make God’s word come alive. Do the following activity this week.

Be on the lookout for children this week.  When you see them, pay attention to them.  Pray for them, smile at them, and offer encouragement to their parents or caregivers.

Adapted from Clergy Stuff.  Copyright © 2016 Clergy Stuff. Used and adapted with Permission. Find more at http://www.ClergyStuff.com.

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