Simeon Christopher Castaldo was born on January 30, 2007. Below these photos is a brief reflection of our experience.

Simeon (“one who hears”)
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
5:29 PM
18 inches
7 lbs, 2 oz.


Simeon with Mom and Dad
Simeon with Mom and Dad

Luke and Simeon
Luke and Simeon

Philip and Simeon
Philip and Simeon

Daddy and Simeon
Daddy and Simeon

Waiting on God can sometimes feel claustrophobic. We try (perhaps subconsciously) to escape the suffocating confines of the divine waiting room, but escape is really unthinkable for the one who belongs to God. The cry of the believer’s heart echoes Peter the Apostle when he said, “To whom shall we go Lord; you alone have the words of eternal life.” Because Jesus alone offers this life, we wait on him. Nevertheless, waiting can sometimes be hard.

As a pastor, my role is to remind people of Peter’s confession—the reality that the Lord is indeed compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in loving-kindness and truth. I believe this (as the Church has for 2000 years) and with a 50% chance of hemophilia for Simeon (genetically at least), the last several months have provided opportunity to demonstrate my belief.

It occurred to me when Simeon was being born that his gestation experience strangely resembled his parents’ nine months of waiting: we both waited in a confined space for God to act. For me there was anxiety in this space. Some men enjoy the enterprise of analyzing odds in gambling. Not me, it makes me too nervous and a 50% probability of hemophilia offers no confidence when our eldest son became one in 16,000 males who has the condition. On the other hand, when our backs are up against the wall, we are perfectly poised to see the hand of the Lord. It probably wasn’t an accident that the Israelites found deep water ahead of them and angry Egyptians behind them before Yahweh’s glory was displayed.

Even though confined spaces may confront us with fear, one finds in them a mysterious sense of joy. The Catholic theologian Peter Kreeft supports this notion in his book Love is Stronger than Death. He writes:

“Children, like adults, hate enclosing walls, for they signify confinement and frustration. Claustrophobia is latent in everyone. But children, unlike many adults, also hate doorless, roomless, open houses where every room is open and flows into every other room and everything lies naked and open to view at once, for such a modern interior design expresses the loss of mystery, like the larger modern world outside. There is efficiency but no surprises. Children love to explore houses with secret panels, hidden staircases, and so on. They love to make hiding places such as tents, forts, or little enclosures; for these promise surprises, secrets, mysteries (p. 60).”

Looking back on the last several months, quite frankly I have experienced some dark valleys of fear. I have lost count of the times of awaking from nightmares concerning the baby’s diagnosis. Even to the present moment, as I now write, Angela and I await the conclusive test results of Simeon’s blood. Nevertheless, in this apprehension there is also a mysterious sense of joy. After much time of reflection I think I know why, and with this I conclude.

There is another analogy between Simeon’s gestation and his parent’s season of waiting. We both have done it in someone. For Simeon, he was quite obviously in his mother. For Angela and me, we too have operated in a person: Jesus Christ. Being in Christ makes all the difference in the world. Because Jesus died as our sacrifice and rose from the grave, we now enjoy the presence of the living God in him. This relationship provides joy even in the midst of pain. It transcends understanding and gives life the meaning it craves. Jesus the Christ, crucified for us, rose from the dead, reigning now with the Father, he is Lord and therefore we can wait upon God until he divides the water, whenever that time may be.

*Almost a day after this post was written, Angela and I received the final test results indicating that Simeon does NOT have hemophilia.

About the author

Chris Castaldo (PhD, London School of Theology) is the lead pastor at New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Talking with Catholics about the Gospel and coauthor of The Unfinished Reformation.


  1. Simeon is absolutely precious! We thank God that you have been blessed with another healthy little boy, and watch in eager anticipation to see how God will continue to use your family to further His kingdom! We’re praying for a quick recovery Angela 🙂 4 boys is a lot!! Blessings!

  2. Hey Bro’

    Congrats to both of you! It is great to see how the Lord has been and is working in your lives. Praise God for the good news in regard to Simeon.

    Luke looks as if he is ready to teach Simeon the tricks of the trade in surviving the Castaldo household 🙂

    Our prayers are with you, as Angela recovers!


  3. Chris & Angela,

    What exciting news for you and your family! We serve an awesome God!

    The Simeon written about in the Gospel of Luke is one of my favorite Bible characters. He anticipated the Savior with such excitement. May your little Simeon share that same excitement for the Lord Jesus.

  4. Dear Chris & Angela:

    I enjoyed reading the Chris-tocentric journal of your waiting on God, waiting for Simeon. What a great lesson. I’m so thankful for the good test results. May God use little Simeon in mighty ways. The pictures are precious.

  5. Dear Angela and Chris,

    What WONDERFUL news!! So many of us have been traveling with you on this journey — through the preterm labor — and waiting to know the results of the test. While we know that God is good regardless of early babies and hemophilia, it is an extra measure of blessing to see that Simeon was “cooked” a bit longer and is completely healthy. What a beautiful boy — a matched threesome with your other two beautiful boys.

    God’s richest blessings on the 5 of you…

  6. We rejoice in the Lord with you!

    We hope that Angela will recover quickly. Simeon is a cutie and we look forward to meeting him in person sometime soon. Remember, dad, carry pictures on you at all times!

  7. We are praising God with you for Simeon’s safe arrival. The pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Praying you’ll regain strength quickly, Angela. Blessings on all of you!

  8. Just in time to cheer for Da Bears! Welcome to this wonderful world, young Simeon. Tell you dad he posted some great photos!

  9. Congratulations Angela and Chris! Simeon is just beautiful. We rejoice with you as all who have seen you go through this “claustrophobic” time of waiting for Simeon and we thank God for Simeon’s good health! Praise God! May Simeon share in all God’s riches.

  10. Congratulations Christopher and Angela. It is graceful and merciful that Simeon is not hemophiliac. But, remember, you still have a long way to go with raising your boys. Your hope for them is to follow Christ in their lives just like Angela and you. They may follow or curse God.

    That is the ultimate issue you may want to keep in mind. God uses hemophiliac for a reason that not many people can see why.

    Your boys is for God’s glory.

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