Luke 2:21-40 Patient Faith for the Common Good

Lex Campaldini preaches a sermon on Luke 2 that considers the persevering faithfulness of both Simeon and Anna as Jesus is presented at the temple. This proves to be a timely lesson for us during the holidays as we want what we want NOW, and what we want is often very individualistic. Simeon and Anna, by contrast, waited and waited and ... wait for it ... waited for the redemption of all God's people. They did not persevere for their individual wants or needs. Instead they remained steadfast in prayer for a selfless common good.