She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.

Here is Anna! She is an 84 year old widowed prophetess. She doesn’t have to come to the temple to meet Jesus when His parents bring Him because she never leaves the temple!

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.

Think of Anna. Worshiping night and day for all those years! Devoting her whole life to God! Praying and fasting.

And then one day she looks at the little face of God on earth and recognizes Him.


Like Simeon, Anna doesn’t miss the presence of Jesus. Not only that but she lets others around her know about the child!

It seems only Anna and Simeon - out of all the thousands in Jerusalem – knew God when He came calling!

What does their faith, devotion, and spiritual insight say about everyone else in town?

Simeon’s prophesy says it well.

This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.

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