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First Friday: Simeon

Read: Luke 2:21-35

 

Wait Right Here

Simeon was a devout and righteous man who loved to worship God at the temple in Jerusalem. He talked with God a lot and often told God how sad he was that his people were mistreated by the Romans. Simeon waited patiently for the day when God would send the King He promised. Would he live to see that day?

“Eyes to See” Simeon ii © 2013 by Kelly Dycavinu

One day God told Simeon that, yes, before he died he would see the King with his very own eyes. Can you imagine Simeon’s joy? But where would he see Him? Simeon wondered. In the north, the south, the east, the west? In Bethlehem, in Nazareth? In Jericho or Jerusalem? Then he got it. He knew where to go to meet the King. The temple. Every boy born in Israel was brought to the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to God. Simeon did not have to go looking all over the place to find Jesus. He just had to stay right where he was and the baby King—King Jesus— would come to him.

Do you ever have trouble seeing Jesus in your life? I don’t mean seeing with your eyes, but in your mind, believing He is right there with you, face to face? Like Simeon, you don’t have to go looking all over the place to find Jesus. You too can wait right where you are. The Bible says our bodies are the temple where Jesus’ Spirit lives. As you wait right there and think about Jesus and talk to Him, you will see Him. You will recognize Him by the smile on His face.

by Esther Hizsa

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Question: Do you ever have trouble seeing Jesus in your life? When did you last see Him and what was He doing?

Together: On a piece of paper write down all the things you’re thankful for from the past week. Write down some things you’ve learned. (hint: do any of these help you see Jesus and what He’s doing in your life?)

Prayer: Jesus, when I see You I feel ________ . When I don’t see You, I feel________. Help me to be patient and remember that if I keep looking for You, I will find You. Amen.

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Introduction to Face to Face: Advent Reflections

Wait Right Here © 2013 by Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim. Used with permission.

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