Simeon and Anna
07 January 2009
25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 36 Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. 37 Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. 38 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem. (Luke 2:25-26, 36-38 NLT)
When Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the Temple for the purification ceremony when he was a month old, Simeon and Anna enter the gospel story. Simeon and Anna were both old and devout and full of faith and the Holy Spirit.
Two things really stand out to me as I think about this today:
- God always has faithful people around who are just there, faithful and devout, out of the center of attention, but ready to speak and act in faith.
- Don’t discount people because of their age. Three generations are present in this story, Jesus the baby, Joseph and Mary the young couple, and Simeon and Anna the older generation. Each had their part to play.
Father, please help me to deal respectfully with people of every age – the kids the young adults, and the old. And help me not to ever think I’m the only one. I know you have many faithful and devout people who are ready to speak and act in faith. Amen.