Of all the people in the temple that day, only two noticed. What was it about Simeon and Anna that made them different? Was it their age and wisdom? Was it their experience, the fact that they had both seen a lot of life come and go? Surely there were others in the temple that day who were the same age. Or was it simply the fact that they were both watching and waiting? They were both longing to see the consolation and redemption of God’s people. They were not so wrapped up in their own needs and concerns that they failed to notice what was right before their eyes. They were paying attention, while the rest of the world was not. Somehow they were able to see the Savior wrapped in swaddling clothes.
O Lord, help us to be like Simeon and Anna. Help us to live our lives with our eyes peeled for your arrival, within and among us. Help us to not get so caught up in our own issues and agendas that we miss your coming, this day and every day. For you are ever and always the God who comes. Come, Lord Jesus!