2002-10-20 - Passages about Inspirational Women
Part 8, Anna
Anna was mentioned only once in the entire Bible, but in one brief passage, she provides a wealth of inspiration for us. Anna had a rare calling, to sequester herself in the Temple. Of course, God calls most of us to be out in the world, being "salt and light." Rather than being separatists, we are to follow our Lord into the places where the needy and hurting people are, those who "need a Physician," to quote Jesus. But we can ask God to help us emulate her devotion to God, her prayer life, her fasting and her eagerness to talk about her Lord.
Luke 2:36-38 (New Living Translation) Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, and was very old. She was a widow, for her husband had died when they had been married only seven years. She was now eighty-four years old. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about Jesus to everyone who had been waiting for the promised King to come and deliver Jerusalem.