'Day One' Blog

Anna the Prophetess – Dec. 14

Meditation for the Soul ~

And there was a prophetess,
Anna, the daughter of Phanuel,
of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years,
having lived with her husband seven years,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She did not depart from the temple,
worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
And coming up at that very hour
she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him
to all who were waiting
for the redemption of Jerusalem.
~ Luke 2: 36-38~

Reflection for the Mind ~

Eighty-four-year-old Anna would encounter the Promised One moments after Simeon did. She too was among the quiet of the land and like Simeon, received the rare gift of bearing witness to the infant Jesus.

Anna’s commitment to waiting well was utterly comprehensive. She would not leave the premises of the temple…. not ever. How many eighty-four-year-olds (or anyone for that matter) do you know who have zero moments to spare because of their sacrifice of worship, prayer and fasting to the Lord?  Do the math in the text above… Anna spent the bulk of her life demonstrating her radical commitment to God. She was one dedicated lady.

The story of waiting and waiting faithfully is a huge piece of the story of the birth of Jesus. I pray this week your soul has been reawakened to the quality of the people God chose to participate in the quiet entrance of Emmanuel! May their stories inspire and encourage us as we move another day closer to the celebration of His birth!

Response for the Heart ~

Lord –  The stories of John the Baptist, Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary and these precious elderly ones are such a gift. Help me by Your Spirit to move past the inspiration I feel so that You can work true transformation into me. I want to be found faithful as they were! And send me to people this Christmas season who need to know that the Christ Child came to earth for them.

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2 Comments

  • Gail

    1

    Great inspiration for us old folks!!!! Great study......as always!!!! Nice way to start the day!!

    • Anne Barbour

      2

      Hey Sweet Gail! So glad you are along for this little adventure. Merry Christmas to you and Don.

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