The 6th day of the Christmas season Scripture reading was the story of Anna in the Temple from Luke 2:36-40. Anna was married for 7 years, then her husband died. Luke writes that she had been a widow for 84 years. (it could be that she was an 84-year old widow) She never left the temple after her husband died, she worshipped God and fasted and prayed.
I am amazed at how this woman’s story is included in Jesus’ story. Her story, along with Simeon’s right before it, shows a silent, praying, watchful community that were anticipating God to do something magnificent in their world.
I went to a funeral for my wife’s grandma earlier this month. Many in attendance were elderly saints that knew me when I first discerned a call into ministry. These are the “Annas” in my life. Ones who have been encouraging, enthusiastic, and prayerful from the beginning. They’ve been the watchful eyes and loving souls that continue to recognize God’s work in the world, God’s work among those around them.
I’m thankful for the Annas in my life and know that the kingdom is sustained and stimulated by the silent, dedicated prayers of so many that we may never recognize.