Living with Pain, Hope, and Jesus

She (Anna) never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them (Mary and Joseph) at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child [Jesus] to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. Luke 2:36–38

Lord Jesus, by the calendar of your incarnation, you were just 8-days-old when Anna met you in the temple. Her hope was greater than her pain. Worshipping and waiting for decades, Anna longed for your arrival and the salvation you would bring. That day dawned the evening of your birth, and continued on a 33-year path straight to your cross.

By your declaration, “It is finished,” we are guaranteed an eternity peace, joy, and wholeness. Presently, we live as objects of Abba’s affection—children under his Fatherly sovereignty. Heartache, loss, and pain continue; but they don’t get the last word. You do, Lord Jesus.

On that Day, Lord Jesus, you won’t give us answers, you will give us yourself—which is better by far. Seeing you, and being with you, will be the resolution to our knowing and loving in part; and, at times, vexing over God’s timetable, and doubting his goodness.

Until then, Lord Jesus, may the Gospel free us to worship, trust, and hope like Anna. Grant us grace in 2021 to accept our Father’s ways, means, and timetable for all things. So very Amen we pray, in your most wonderful and merciful name.