Today’s Word: ‘Anna’ as in… the Feast of Anna on this Sixth Day of Christmas!
We don’t know much about Anna, but what we do know is just enough.
She’s not in a hurry.
She knows what her jam is: Anna is focused on the good news of Christ for all who were and are waiting expectantly for the freeing of the people of God everywhere!
(Go ahead and reread that last line. I’ll wait here for you.)
Why is it important to pause and consider Anna on this sixth day of Christmas? Because when we linger, we don’t miss what’s important. Already our culture is yawning and thinking, “Christmas? That was so last week!” Yet, a week ago we couldn’t get enough, literally. Shopping, sales, parties, travel, eggnog, gifts, batteries, decorations, shipping, theater, orchestras, music, worship. This week it’s difficult to find a Christmas carol playing anywhere. And next week Christmas will be like “so last year.”
How fickle is that?
The Gospel writer Luke (2:36-40) tells us just enough:
“Anna the prophetess was also in the Temple, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years and a widow for eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fastings and prayers. At the very time Simeon was praying, she showed up, broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked about the child to all who were waiting expectantly for the freeing of Jerusalem.” Did you catch what Luke wrote? “Anna never left the temple, but worshipped there night and day. When she saw the Child, Jesus, she began to give thanks to God and to speak about the child.”
That’s what it looks like to linger! Which raises a few good questions: As Christmas continues, what’s your focus? What are you lingering on? How has Christmas already become passé?
Take a few moments today and linger on how the birth of Christ in you brings new life to you and everything around you.