November 25
Left behind
Pastor Mark Jeske

Husbands and wives sometimes joke with each other as to who will most likely die first. It would be nice, wouldn’t it, if they could both live to old age and then go to heaven about the same time? Alas, it doesn’t usually work out that way. Someone is usually left behind.

Like Anna. “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 eight-four” (Luke 2:36,37). It was her exquisite joy to be in the temple the day Mary and Joseph brought the infant Savior for his ceremonial presentation. “Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).

Anna could have become a bitter woman with a shriveled soul, cursing her life, blaming God, and resenting other “happy” couples. Instead she thanked God for the time she did have with her husband and then looked for ways to worship and serve. Even at age 84 her evangelism testimony was powerful.

We would all like to write the script for our own lives. We can’t, and the more we try to force things the more unhappy we’ll be. How much better it is to accept the script God gives us and then see how he can use us.

Even when we’re left behind.


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