It seems we are always waiting for something. Something to begin, something to end. In truth if we counted the hours, we would find we spend many in the uneasy place of waiting.
Anna was a woman who was no stranger to waiting. To wait is to remain, to look forward to, to be in readiness for something or someone. Anna was waiting for one thing, Israel’s redemption. She did not know how or when it would come to pass, the end was not in sight, hope could not be seen when she started her vigil.
Sometimes when we start a vigil of prayer, we can see no end in sight and we become tempted to just give up. We will learn much from Anna as we watch her persist in prayer through years of long waiting days and nights.
Each chapter of the The Three Women of Christmas begins with a poem. I’ll be sharing these over the next several weeks.