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 →