06 Jan Luke 2:36-38

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

This quick shift from Simeon to Anna, the prophetess seems to fit with Luke’s emphasis on women. Anna’s testimony cements Simeon and Luke’s emphasis on “the redemption of Jerusalem”, meaning all people. The reality is both had a common goal, which was to be in the glory of Christ. We can learn from both Simeon and Anna. Our common goal should be similar to theirs, to be a part of what Jesus is doing, to be in awe of Jesus, and wanting to be in His holiness. We get so busy with our lives, activities, and things that distract us, when we should bring it back to the basics. Don’t complicate what you are called to do, love God, and love people, the rest will take care of itself.