Advent 2018 - Day 25. Anna’s testimony
Tuesday 25th December 2018
36 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, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 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.
The second witness to the destiny and identity of the child is the prophetess, Anna. Tragedy had been in her life as she had lost her husband after only a short time of marriage, yet she bore no grudge towards God. Rather, her devotion intensified and as she grew older spent more and more time in the Temple. She loved nothing better than to worship, and to express her longings for Israel through fasting and prayer. She too has a divine encounter with the young family, and recognised the child to be the longed for Messiah. Naturally she tells her friends what she has experienced. What an example this elderly lady is of whole-hearted devotion to God. The fire of love for God burned very strongly in her heart. May her witness ‘kindle a flame of sacred love’ in our hearts also!
Father God, on this Christmas Day I want to be like Simeon and Anna. They saw the King to save the world beyond the little family in front of them and I want to see something of the glory of JESUS to enjoy the day with worship and wonder, along with everything else.