Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Widows of Christmas: Anna

Did you know God places widows at strategic points in His revelation to mankind? Just think:
  • Old Testament law included widows
  • Old Testament history included stories of widows to point out God's redemption, justice and care
  • Widows were a focal point of the early church in Acts
  • Over and over again throughout the Bible, God mentions the widow
  • There's even a widow in the Christmas story when Jesus is presented at the Temple on the 8th day!
Luke 2:36-38 (New International Version, ©2010)
There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 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.

Anna, a widow, was among the first to proclaim that Jesus was the redeemer of Israel!
Don't you love it--not only that God includes widows, but that this little old lady was preaching the good news. There's no retirement age in God's social security plan. If you're in Him--you're secure!

P.S. I just realized my friend Sylvia had some interesting insights on Anna the other day on her blog The Sylvr Pen. Good stuff!


  1. I had forgotten about Anna -- thanks for this reminder!

  2. Anna must have been quite a lady! Just think, to see the Lord of eternity taking on our humanity . . . So glad you appreciated the reminder Cicero. AND I hope everyone will visit your blog (just click on her name). The video of your morning walk with Mingus is delightful! I can almost hear the snow crunching underfoot. Good luck with making marshmallows and may you have a special Christmas.


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