"There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, 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" - Luke 2:36-37
Today I met with a friend I've known for just about two years. I'm really excited for him because he will be getting married on November 1 this year (so just about a month from now). The girl he's marrying is way out of his league too. He's two years older but entered college two years later than her, she's working on her PhD and he's just recently finished his Masters with no plans of further study.
Today I was sharing with him some thoughts I had on marriage and somehow we got on to the topic of my parents. My grandmother died with my dad was only two years old. We talked a bit about how my grandfather handled the situation and where they are now. Then he mentioned to me that yesterday he was reading in Luke and read this passage. He said, "She was only married seven years. After that all she did was worship. That's amazing."
It's true. And I thought it worthy of simply pointing out. There are people throughout the Bible with incredible faith. It's at once encouraging and challenging to me. This woman was a widow for many many years and was old (especially by the standards of the time). But she was faithful. Every day and every night in the temple praying. Fasting and praying.
I want faith like that.