Anna is the third women in our series of Women in the Bible. If you missed the woman who washed Jesus' feet or Mary, check out their stories as well!
Anna was a prophetess whose short story can be found in Luke chapter 2. She was a widow and was very old. It says in verse 36 that she "Never left the temple, worshipped day and night, fasting and praying."
Anna appears at the time that Jesus was presented to the Lord in the temple as an infant. This is the ceremony that we model our child dedication after today! In fact I learned about this practice when we dedicated our second son in the church earlier this year. Mary and Joseph had just received a word about the destiny of Jesus from the Lord through a righteous man named Simon. They were then approached by Anna. Verse 38 says, "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."
Girls, I know her story is short but do you know what it says to me? The Lord gave wisdom and favor to women in the Bible! Anna knew who this baby was the moment she laid eyes on him. The Lord had revealed to her that he was the one they were looking forward to! Thank you Lord for the example of Godly women in the Bible like Anna (and Mary of Nazareth) who heard your voice and were blessed by you!