Scripture: Luke 2:22-40
Anna and Simeon give thanks in the temple for Jesus
An old woman was in the Temple when they came. Her name was Anna and she was 84 years old. As soon as she saw Jesus she thanked God for Him.
An old man called Simeon joined them. God had promised him that he would not die before he saw the Saviour. As soon as he saw Jesus, he took Him in his arms and said:
“You can take me now, Lord, for I am a happy man.
“I have seen your Saviour at last!
“This child will be a light to lighten the Gentiles,
“and will be the glory of your people Israel.”
Gospel paraphrase from Sarah Lenton, Creative Ideas for Children’s Worship, Year C, Canterbury Press, London.
Anna and Simeon waited a life-time to meet Jesus. We don’t have to. But we can easily take him for granted.
Think about how excited they were to see the baby Jesus. He still only a baby and they could see what he would do for the world!
Anna gave thanks to God for sending Jesus: what are you thankful to God for?
Simeon said Jesus would be a light to the Gentiles (by this he meant the rest of the world): how can you show God’s light to others in the things you do every day?
Simeon also said Jesus would show the glory of God to this own people: where do you see God’s glory in the world around you?
You can download the family activity worksheet, which a crossword for which you will need to read the gospel passage carefully to find the answers: