I Samuel 1:4-20 – The 25th Sunday after Pentecost â€“ for Sunday, November 15, 2015
â€œThen she made this promise: â€˜Lord of heavenly forces, just look at your servantâ€™s pain and remember me! Donâ€™t forget your servant! Give her a boy! Then Iâ€™ll give him to the Lord for his entire life . . .â€™â€ (I Samuel 1:11)
Tell me about Hannahâ€™s place or time of birth. Tell me how or when she died. Tell me what happened to the woman also known as Samuelâ€™s mother between her first and last breaths.
No response? Are you word-searching your digital Bible? Perhaps desperately Googling?
Indeed, my brief opening paragraph summarized the scant Biblical verses on Samuelâ€™s mother. Punctuation-wise, the apostrophe between the â€œlâ€ and the lower case â€œsâ€ defined Hannah.
Not fair, you might protest. There are more apostrophes and details to her credit: Elkanahâ€™s barren wife, Peninnahâ€™s rival, believer, pray-er, promise-maker and a woman whose name means grace. Continue reading →
â€œThe Lord said to Samuel, â€˜How long are you going to grieve over Saul? I have rejected him as King of Israel.â€ (I Samuel 16:1)
I wonder, in what became her last days, how much Mom worried about my relationship with Dad.
Sometimes, I detected hints of hurt in her bright eyes.
Every once in a while, her voice seemed tinged with sadness.
On occasions, quietly, sheâ€™d add, â€œYou know your father loved you.â€
My father, during most of his life, seemed an effusive, outgoing man. Dad could just as easily start a conversation with a stranger in a parking lot as he could talk with friends during the after-church coffee hour. He sold life insurance. He was successful, winning awards andâ€”by all accountsâ€”his professional peers admired him. You donâ€™t accomplish what he did in sales without being friendly, a good listener, and able to say the right thing at the right time. Really, who wants life insurance? Anyone with a growing family or thriving business â€œshouldâ€ buy insurance, but who readily volunteers to part with hard-earned pennies for something he or she hopes is never needed!