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11 February, 2018

Simeon and Anna See Jesus

Luke 2:21-40

Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple to dedicate him. While there, they meet Simeon and Anna, who have been waiting and waiting for God’s gift of the Messiah. They praise and thank God that Jesus is God’s gift.

He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel! Luke 2:32

Praise Collage

  1. Simeon and Anna praised and thanked God for the gift of Jesus. Do the same by making a family praise collage.
  2. Cut up small pieces of wrapping paper. The bigger variety of patterns, the better!
  3. Write praises to Jesus on each piece of wrapping paper.
  4. Glue the praises to a piece of poster board.

Talk about these questions:

  • What have you done to thank people for birthday or Christmas presents?
  • What similar things can you do to thank God for the gift of Jesus?

Through the Week

Here’s an activity you can do throughout the week.

  1. Get a gift bag and put a small present inside. It could be as simple as a snack, a sticker, a nice note, or a handmade item.
  2. Pass the gift on to someone in your family.
  3. When someone gets the gift, he or she will thank the person who gave the gift and will then put a new gift in the bag and pass it on to someone else.
  4. At the end of the week, talk about how nice it was to receive gifts throughout the week and what a great gift Jesus is.

Family Discussion

  • How do you decide what would be a good gift for someone?
  • When have you given a gift you knew the recipient would love?
  • What makes Jesus a good gift?

Discuss and Watch

In today’s Bible account, we learned that Simeon and Anna had waited a long, long, long time for Jesus. They knew that Jesus would be God’s gift to the world, and they kept waiting for Jesus. Waiting can be hard.

Think and talk about a time you had to wait patiently for something you really wanted.

  • Was it worth the wait once you got that thing? Why or why not?

Watch “Waiting for Cookies.”

  • Why did the girl think it was worth the wait for those cookies?

When we pray, we often ask Jesus to do something that is important to us, like heal someone, or help us with a friendship, or help us with a test.

  • What is something you have prayed about and are waiting for God to do in your own life?
  • Pray for each other for a minute, asking Jesus to help each other as they wait for Jesus.

When someone prays for us, that is a gift to us. When Jesus helps us, it is a gift to us. Even greater than both of these is knowing that Jesus himself is a gift to us. It must have been hard for Simeon and Anna to wait for Jesus to come. The good news for us is that we don’t have to wait for Jesus—he’s already here with us and we can talk to him anytime we want. What a wonderful gift!

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