Monday, January 07, 2013


This woman was a widow of about eighty-four years,
who did not depart from the temple,
but served God . . . night and day.
 
~ Luke 2:37 ~

Recommended Reading
Luke 2:36-38

The feelings come unexpectedly, triggered by Christmas carols,
family traditions, or holiday smells. It's an intense sadness and
unbearable loneliness for missing loved ones. Their place at
the table is vacant,  their laughter is heard only in our memory,
and we long for the touch of a vanished hand.

Anna would have understood. She was a prophetess of the tribe
of Asher, and she missed the sound of her husband's voice.
Though he'd been gone many years, the ache remained.
Anna learned, however, that God still had work for her, and she
was on duty that first Christmas as the parents of the Christ child
brought the Babe to the temple. Luke 2:38 says, "In that instant
she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who
looked for redemption in Jerusalem."

We can't ignore our feelings, and it's all right to shed tears. But the
Lord still has work for us to do this Christmas. We must serve Him
night and day, giving thanks to Him, and speaking of Him to those
who love redemption.

This weekend, say a word to someone about Jesus. It'll lighten your
load. It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.

::  By W. T. Ellis ::


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