Thursday – Simeon
Simeon was on intimate terms with the Holy Spirit. He was a “righteous and devout man,” approved by God and reverent in every aspect of his life. He trusted in God's promises, and he waited with great anticipation for the time in which they were to be fulfilled. In fact, the Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen that fulfillment.
Now the time had come. The Holy Spirit guided Simeon to the Temple one day and drew his attention to a young family. Simeon immediately understood. He was here, the Fulfillment of all God's promises to Israel. He was here, a tiny Baby in His mother's arms. He was here, the One Who would be a light to the nations, the salvation of the world.
Simeon took the Infant into his arms. He looked into the Baby's eyes. Words of praise and prophecy burst forth as he held the Savior close to his heart. He could go to his God in peace now. The long awaited Messiah had finally arrived.
Friday – A Long Journey
It was a long journey, but they had no other choice. Their Child's life was in danger. They had to move quickly before it was too late. They would go far away, some place where no one would think to look for them. They would go to Egypt. It was hostile territory but not nearly as hostile as their home had become thanks to the king's jealous rage.
As they rode along, Joseph reflected on his dream. It wasn't the first time he had dreamed something like this. The first time he had learned the marvelous truth about the Child his betrothed carried. This time he was told to flee. Both times he had obeyed. God worked in mysterious ways, but Joseph trusted Him.
Joseph looked up at his wife. Mary was holding little Jesus close to her as she rode and singing a soothing song to the sleeping Baby. They would be just fine, Joseph told himself. God was in charge, and He was taking care of them. He would guide and guard their every step no matter how long their journey was.
Saturday – Word of God
Word of God, shine in the darkness of our world.
Word of God, pour Your light into our hearts that we, too, may shine.
Word of God, teach us to know You better.
Word of God, open our souls to accept You.
Word of God, dwell among us always.
Word of God, show us Your glory now and forever.