And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just 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. So he came by 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
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:25-32 NKJV
Father God, I love You and I give You thanks and praise. I come humbly before you today and with my brothers and sisters in Christ on my heart I ask that You will be with us. This can be a season of great joy but it can also be a season of disappointment, turmoil, conflict, and loneliness. If any of us are in those hard situations, please remind us of the real meaning of Christmas and gently comfort us as we move toward the end of this year and into the new year to come. Let us have hope and renew our faith as we move into this next year and help us to stay focused on You and on spreading the good news of Christ and Your love for us to those around us who don’t know You or have a relationship with You. Help us to remember that everything in this life is temporal and fleeting and remind us to keep building eternal things with Your help and partnership. You alone Sovereign God are worthy of all glory, honor, and praise! I pray these things in the name of Christ Jesus my Savior and Lord; AMEN.