Luke 2: 36-38 "There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
As we age it becomes common to complain about our aches and pains. But here is the story of Anna who did not complain or dwell on her past. Her circumstances were difficult, a widow early in her life, a prophetess in the time of Jesus. Her focus was serving God and waiting on the coming of the Messiah. Her patience and faithfulness were rewarded when she saw Jesus in the arms of his mother. She thanked God for giving her this honor and she passed on this good news of his birth to others."
We can learn from Anna. She was centered on serving the Lord and looking towards the future. Likewise, we can be future-oriented as we serve our Lord. Reflecting on our past can be meaningful, but, despite the aches and pains of old age, we can continue to look forward to Jesus' promises for the future. Motivated by the hope that Jesus' promises instill within us, we can be busy about God's business - worshiping, witnessing, and serving others; with our eyes on the gift of eternal life thru Jesus Christ, our Lord.