22404 Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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Luke 2:36-38 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
I’ve heard about Anna and her faithfulness discussed from any number of vantage points. From the standpoint of her position as a woman, as elderly, as a prophet, all to further some agenda or other. But rarely have I heard Anna discussed as having earned her perceptive viewpoint from the standpoint of growing up as a woman in ancient Israel. Looked at from that vantage point I begin to understand more fully the nature of hope. A long held and cherished promise from God that through everything He would come through and fulfill the promise of the blessed Messiah.
Religious movements come and go. Those who stay the course and wait upon the promise will be rewarded. It is joy unspeakable and full of glory oh the half has never yet been told. (Barney E. Warren -Public Domain)