Daily Devotion – December 31, 2017

Luke 2:36-38

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 worshiped 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.


Reflection by Ellen Green

The prophet Anna is a remarkable figure because she was among the first people to recognize in Jesus the marks of a messiah who was foretold in Hebrew scripture. Jesus was just an infant. Yet Anna encountered that infant and was filled with hope and faith in God’s desire to redeem her community.

This is a story about seeing a bud and envisioning it flowering. What allowed Anna to see the way she did?  According to Luke, Anna’s defining trait is that she’s steeped in tradition and prayer. For us, too, familiarity with scripture and devotion to spiritual practices enable us to see the world as budding with the potential for redemption.



God, as we begin the new year our hearts are full of hope – or at least the desire for it. Let us be like Anna, who imaginatively envisioned the coming of your Kin-dom. May we see all around us the budding of redemptive love. Amen.

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