December 27

Luke 2:22-40

“There was also a prophet, Anna–of a great age… She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer…At that moment she came, and began to speak about the child.” vss. 36-38

When Mary and Jesus brought the baby Jesus to the temple for the rites of purification they were accosted by two elderly prophets, Simeon and Anna, both of whom were temple regulars. Now it’s not unusual for old people to hang around places of worship–we know that from our grey-haired congregations. Often they’re the most faithful folks around, not just because they don’t have anything to do, but because faith is a priority for them. They may have wandered in their youth but when liver spots start showing up it’s a clear signal to start practicing wisdom. What’s interesting about Simeon and Anna is that they each saw the child as a sign of hope, not for themselves, but for their nation. And so it is for us when shoulders get hunched and wrinkles abound! We really care about those who come after us, and we have come to know that Jesus Christ is the one solid hope for the future. If we’re smart we’ll have given up on politicians and turned with our whole hearts to the one who is, for now and forever, the light of the world. It’s in him that we find the serenity that enables us to sing with Simeon, “Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word!”

Thought for the Day: What elderly person inspires me with their faith?

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