Thought for The Day – Thursday 31st December

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There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 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.

Luke 2: 36 – 38

Anna was a prophet, from a long line of prophets, and she has been waiting a long time for this prophecy of the birth of the Saviour to be fulfilled. She has been hearing about this, and has been worshipping, praying, and waiting in the temple for this good news to come in the birth of Jesus Christ. She has been waiting for a long time, and even when she could have given up hope, she kept waiting. When she sees Mary and Joseph with Jesus in the temple, she knew that the prophecy had been fulfilled. She praises God and shares the good news to all who were there.

We have been waiting for good news. We have been waiting for an end to the pandemic. We have been waiting for the time when we come together and embrace each other. We don’t know when that day will come, but we now have glimpses of that hope. We are called to continue waiting, hoping, and praying, like Anna. There will be a time when we will be able to share the good news with the world, but our call right now is to keep waiting, hoping, and praying.

Prayer: Loving God, we are in the season of waiting. We are waiting for the coming of your son, Jesus Christ to be born, and to bring hope, peace, joy, and love into this world. We also are waiting for an end to this pandemic. While we wait, help us to not lose hope, but to wait with a hopeful expectation of the good news that is to come in the birth of your son, our Saviour. Amen.

Action: Keep hope alive