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Day and night she worshiped, prayed and fasted.
While worshiping, with Simeon and others devoted to God, she watched for the redemption of Israel, the advent of God's Holy One.
The waited together.
Keep awake. Stay alert, Stephanie. God speaks to me, over and over again, through His word this week. (Mark 13)
Be dressed and ready and keep your lamps burning. (Luke 12:35)
Keep your eyes looking up and out! His Spirit whispers into my heart.
...when these things happen stand up, lift up your hands, because your redemption is near! (Luke 21:25)
Lift your eyes! Stand up and lift your hands, Stephanie.
These words are a sweet, tender invitation to relationship and to worship. My head can drop sometimes. Do your eyes drop down sometimes?
My eyes can be downcast--- looking at me, my little world, my friends, my circumstances, or even that other load of laundry. But, NO!, He says with excitement in His voice... look up and out! Your redemption is near! Very near.
Stand up and lift up your hands!
I, too, can worship while I wait. This thought makes my heart excited with anticipation.
I can wait and worship, just like old-Anna.
"when he began his tasks and his daily duties, he said to God, with trust, 'O my God since You are with me and I must now in obedience to Your commands, apply my mind to these outward things, I ask You to grant me the grace to continue in Your Presence; receive all my works [as worship] and possess all my affections." ~Brother Lawrence