The presentation of Christ in the temple reveals him as the prophecied savior. Simeon and Anna were ready and waiting.
Methodius of Olympus wrote, "Simeon and Anna, bearing in themselves most evidently the images of both peoples, had taken their station by the side of that glorious and virginal throne, for by the old man was represented the people of Israel, and the law now waxing old; whilst the widow Anna represents the Church of the Gentiles, which had been up to this point a widow, the old man, indeed, as personating the law, seeks dismissal; but the widow, as personating the Church, brought her joyous confession of faith."
Simeon represents humanity waiting for the consolation of Israel and he receives the fullfillment into his arms. Anna represents the church and goes on to proclaim the gospel "to any that would hear." Both were enlivened by the Holy Spirit to recognize and adore the newborn Christ. Both stand as examples to us as we await the return of Christ. Are you ready, friend?