Luke 2:38 ” 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.”

Yesterday we looked at Simeon in the Temple as the baby Jesus was being dedicated by His parents, Mary and Joseph. Today we look at Anna. Now Anna had been married only 7 years before her husband died, leaving her a widow for 84 years. It doesn’t say if she had any children to care for her in her old age, but it doesn’t appear there was anyone by the text. It tells us she spent all her time in the Temple, worshipping, fasting and praying…relying and dependent on the Church to meet her meager needs…utterly trusting in God to provide for her as Isaiah 54:5 says, “Your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is His Name….” Her simple life one of service to God and others as she waited for her Redeemer…and here He was before her…her heart overflowing with thanksgiving to God as Anna stared into the baby’s face.

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