Confirmation: Day twelve

Confirmation: Day twelve

Please enjoy today's reflection from our September-December issue of New Daylight.

Confirmation


There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.
Luke 2:36 - 40 (NRSV) 

Luke is famous for the attention he gives to those who are often marginalised.
He includes details of Jesus’ childhood, and here he highlights the witness of a woman. Anna confirms Simeon’s insight, not only to Mary and Joseph here in the temple but presumably in the days that followed to others who are faithfully awaiting the Messiah. She is not the first or the last woman in the Bible with the gift of prophecy – we might remember Deborah or Philip’s four daughters; women’s ministry has a long history!

Anna’s dedication – even if she does not literally spend every moment in the temple – is impressive. And what joy she must have experienced towards the close of a long life, to be rewarded with this encounter with her Messiah.

Anna is blessed with the knowledge that her lifetime of prayer and prophecy is even now being fulfilled. That has not always been the case, nor will it be for us. The call will often be to persevere in faith, knowing only that God has entrusted us with that desire to reach out to him, trusting the time and outworking to him. We are to walk more by faith, less by sight, faith being the substance of things hoped for but not yet seen.

Lord, we ask that you will move us to deeper levels of prayer, together with the grace to persevere.

 

 

Written by SHEILA WALKER
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