Holy Simeon & St. Anna the Prophetess - Inspiration to Step up Prayer Lives in Later Years

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph meeting
Holy Simeon and St. Anna the Prophetess 
Luke Chapter 2, verses 25-38 often hooks my heart when I happen upon it.  Now that I see elderly-ness steadily creeping in my direction, these two older biblical people inspire me.  Both Simeon and Anna clearly spent a lot of time with God, and consequently were quite in tune with Him.  Due to this invested time of quiet prayer, they were both able to recognize baby Jesus as the long-awaited-for Messiah.  They probably would not have been able to do that if their their lives had been filled with busy-ness.  Messages and nudges from God seem to come in rather scratchy and sometimes undecipherable when our hearts are focused on hectic activities.  I would say that Holy Simeon and St. Anna the Prophetess are great role models for people who are in the later years of their lives.  After so many years of being on the go, it's good to slow down and try to spend more time with God.

The Feasts of Holy Simeon and St. Anna the Prophetess are both on February 3 - the day after the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas).  They seem to get overshadowed a bit, maybe because they share a feast day with St. Blaise.  So, the next time you get your throat blessed on St. Blaise Day, try to remember that it is a special day to recall these two inspiring people as well! Consider taking a few moments to read about them in the Bible: Luke 2:25-38.

Holy Simeon and St. Anna the Prophetess with the Holy Family
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