I wrote this devotion a few years ago. It refers to my dad who has since passed away. Unfortunately, I can’t find any digital photos of my dad to paste here as we didn’t have a digital camera before he died. If I can figure out how to paste an old one here, I will do so. Another friend, Lou, has also passed away since this was published.
Their faith and positive attitudes remained throughout their lives, despite aches, pains. Can you reflect that kind of personality every day?
‘And at that very moment she (Anna) came up and began giving thanks to God and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for redemption of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:38, New American Standard Bible)
I marvel at the gracious attitudes and countenances of elderly people who suffer with health problems. Lou, age 78, is a widower who faces pancreatic cancer. Yet he attends church with a smile on his face. Loren, 80, has a hand that refuses to straighten. Yet he prepares and serves communion. My parents face a multitude of health problems and yet they thank God for each day of life.
The prophetess Anna served her Lord at the temple for many years. She was a widow and had no children. She could have been bitter and spent her days cursing God. Instead, she helped care for the temple. For her devotion, she was the first one inJudeato proclaim the Christ. After she had seen Baby Jesus, Anna turned to bystanders and declared that this was the promised Messiah, the hope ofIsrael, the redeemer of the world.
Why was this gentle, elderly woman the first one to make this announcement? Though she was an old woman, Anna was young in hope. She, like my elderly friends, never ceased to believe in the great wonders of God.
Father God, thank you for these wonderful examples of loyal servants to You. Please make me young in hope, no matter what age I am, so that I may be a blessing to you and others. Amen.