Luke 2: 36-37 ” There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. 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 worshipped 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.”

“For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is His name.” (Isaiah 54:5)   For over sixty years this was the Scripture the widow Anna clung to…a unbreakable covenant tie of love and loyalty when there was no one else.  She was a well recognized and respected fixture at the Temple, for it says she never left but worshiped night and day.   And like Simeon, she was longing to see the promised Messiah.  So on that day when Mary and Joseph presented the baby Jesus in the Temple, Anna knew this wasn’t any ordinary child…for this was the fulfillment of prophecy.  And she was one of the first to publicly announce that the Messiah had come.

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