“And there was a prophetess, Anna…She was advanced in years…and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four…She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers” (Luke 2:36-37).

It seems like it would have been easy to quit; to just give up; to assume that because God has done nothing, he never will. Yet, both the personal and public devotion of Anna reflect an ever-abiding hope. Most assume life is limited to the way things are; hope looks to the possibilities based upon God’s promises. Anna is our model for breathing hope into the lives of those who have come to think there is none.

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