Anna was a woman whose life was touched by darkness. Her own dear husband had died after only seven years of marriage. In the intervening years, 84-year-old Anna had daily looked for help and redemption from the Lord. Then, on one particular day, the Light of the world entered the temple of the Lord where Anna was devoutly serving the Lord. Mary arrived, carrying the long-awaited Christ Child in her arms—the One who would dispel the world’s darkness. And Anna was there… and her life—and yours!—would never be the same.
Luke 2:37 tells us that in all the time of her widowhood, Anna “did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” Anna the widow might have been tempted to live a lonely life, but she chose a life of service to the Lord instead. And her long-term faith was definitely rewarded! For she was there to see the Christ Child—her Savior—finally come at last. Upon seeing Him, Anna “gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).
Anna was devout—she lived at the temple.
Anna was a witness—she saw her long-awaited Lord face-to-face.
Anna was an encourager—she spoke of her Lord to all those who would listen.
A life of faith has many aspects, and in the widow Anna we witness a life of steadfast hope and faithful worship, prayer, and service. Anna shows you and me vividly, the winning combination of qualities that make up a heart of humility! Are you one who seeks to lift up, encourage, and restore those who are cast down? To speak a timely word of ever-burning faith in God to those who are weary is indeed a divine art!