Week 1: Monday

Read: Luke 2v22– 32 

When the time came for them to be purified according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him before the Lord. That’s what the law of the Lord says: ‘Every firstborn male shall be called holy to the Lord.’ They also came to offer sacrifice, according to what it says in the law of the Lord: ‘A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.’ 

Now there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout, waiting for God to comfort Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. He had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Led by the Spirit, he came into the Temple. As Jesus’ parents brought him in, to do for him what the law’s regulations required, he took the baby in his arms and blessed God with these words: ‘Now, master, you are dismissing your servant in peace, Just as you said. These eyes of mine have seen your salvation, 31Which you made ready in the presence of all peoples: A light for revelation to the nations, And glory for your people Israel.

Meditate: Simeon has been praying and waiting for this moment all his life, and now it’s come. This is the Messiah; he’s seen him with his own eyes; now he can die in peace. Reflect on what you should be praying for in your lifetime, on the things you long to see happen in God’s world, or in your own family, which you are waiting and hoping for and trusting that God will let you see. 

Pray: Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and inspiration to know what to pray for, and how to recognize God’s moment when it comes.

Engage: Slow down today and do everything very deliberately. Drive slowly, walk slowly, talk slowly, and eat slowly