Daily Word Of God
There was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came up just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.
When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity and he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him.
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Prophet Simeon devoted his whole life longing for the day that he would see the child who is to be the Messiah that will bring salvation to the world.
- He never wavered from this deepest desire in his life and God rewarded him for his fidelity.
- What is our sole purpose and deepest desire of our life? Is it to “encounter God” in the way we live, in our deeds and in the peoples we meet and relate to daily?