Simeon & Anna

Luke records these two Godly people meeting Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus in the temple at 2:21-38.

Simeon, informed by God’s Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s anointed, took the baby boy in his arms and said,

“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel”

There he stood. An apparently old man, holding the creator of the universe in his arms. The God in whom he had put his faith all these years had come down to him. The glory and wonder of it all was not lost on this old brother.

Following Simeon was Anna. She was an 84-year-old widow who never left the
temple, but served there night and day. She approached and gave thanks to God and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of

No trumpets, no fanfare. No official dignitaries assembled to greet the King of kings and Lord of lords. Instead, we see just these two elderly saints who had been looking for this day.

The Law required two witnesses to establish truth. God was seemingly keeping his own law by providing Simeon and Anna. Here were two solid, trustworthy, time-honored witnesses, testifying to what God was doing while no one else even seemed to be aware.

The “gentle wind” of God’s voice still speaks for those who have ears to hear. Like Simeon and Anna, let’s pass it on to those who need to hear it.