Christmas 11a: Simeon and Anna

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The Story of Christmas
Day 11 Reading: Luke 2:22-38

We duly celebrated at his birth… with the star we ran, with the magi we worshiped, with the shepherds we were enlightened, with the angels we glorified him, with Simeon we took him up in our arms, and with the chaste and aged Anna we made our responsive confession.
– Gregory of Nazianzus

Prayer: Rest on Me
Holy Spirit,
as you rested on Simeon and Anna,
so rest on me.
Keep me expectant and open to your appearing.
Fill my speech with stories
of your praise and glory.

Holy Spirit,
you reveal salvation to every person.
Reveal it again to me.
Shine your light on every motivation,
on every hidden thing.
Pierce my soul,
so nothing I say or do opposes you.

Holy Spirit,
as you guided so many that first Nativity,
so guide me.
Continue to point me forward;
eyes open, steady and true.
Lead me to a faithful end,
so I may rest in peace forever with you, with others, and with my true self.

I trust and pray in the name of the Promised One, Jesus Christ,
my Savior and Savior of the World. Amen.

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For more quotes, poems and prayers on this Scripture, click to Suzanne Guthrie’s blog The Edge of the Enclosure

For information on The Story of Christmas Reading Plan, click here

Prayer: Rest on Me © 2010 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

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