TEXT: And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years ... She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of Him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36a, 37b-38)
I love the character of Anna. She reminds me of so many of my friends-older women who serve God quietly, praying and worshipping, but not making a big deal out of it because that's just their daily life. And yet, when she sees baby Jesus for the first time, look what she does-she begins "to speak of Him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem"!
You see, Anna knows these people. She talks with them; she prays with them; she sees them when they come to the temple. Together they have talked about God's promise to send a Savior. They are waiting for Jesus.
And on this day, when the baby Jesus first comes to the temple, Anna is overjoyed. She rushes to tell her friends the good news-that God has kept His promise and sent Jerusalem-and the whole world-a Savior.
And by now this good news has spread all over the world, even to you, since you believe in Jesus. Think of what God has done for you-called you out of darkness, forgiven all your sins, rescued you from the power of the devil, promised you eternal life instead of death. All these good things are yours in Jesus our Redeemer.
And you, too, have friends, family, and neighbors who need these same blessings. In this new year, ask the Lord to give you the opportunity and the ability to tell them the good news about Jesus.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, You have blessed me so much in Your love. Please bring (name of friend or relative) to faith in You. Amen.