What are some of your favorite Christmas memories?

Read Luke 2:22-35. Note below some of the qualities of Simeon and also some the ways the Holy Spirit interacted with him.

Qualities of Simeon

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Holy Spirit’s Interactions with Simeon

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Why do you think so much attention is given to the work of the Holy Spirit in this account of the baby Jesus?

Read Luke 2:36-38. What do we learn about Anna? What heartbreaks had she likely experienced? What hopes did she have? What habits had she developed in her life, and how did that impact her experience of God and his work in human history?

More than anything, Anna wanted God – his nearness and his restoration. What elements in her life increased her hunger for God?

List ten things you sometimes want more than God

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Declaring our innate deep craving for God, Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in You.” What does this mean to you?

Do you want the nearness of God and his restoration in your life? Have you ever trusted your life to Jesus? What would it look like for you to entrust your whole life to him today? Share and pray for each other.

Don’t forget to prepare for 20 Days of Prayer & Fasting, starting January 13.