Thursday 7 February, 2013

1 Samuel 1:21-28

21 Elkanah went up to Shiloh to offer the yearly sacrifice to the Lord. He also went there to keep a promise he had made. His whole family went with him. 22 But Hannah didn’t go. She said to her husband, “When the boy doesn’t need me to nurse him anymore, I’ll take him to the Lord’s house. I’ll give him to the Lord there. He’ll stay there for the rest of his life.” 23 Her husband Elkanah told her, “Do what you think is best. Stay here at home until Samuel doesn’t need you to nurse him anymore. May the Lord make his promise to you come true.” So Hannah stayed home. She nursed her son until he didn’t need her milk anymore. 24 When the boy didn’t need her to nurse him anymore, she took him with her to Shiloh. She took him there even though he was still very young. She brought him to the Lord’s house. She brought along a bull that was three years old. She brought more than half a bushel of flour. She also brought a bottle of wine. The bottle was made out of animal skin. 25 After the bull was killed, Elkanah and Hannah brought the boy to Eli. 26 Hannah said to Eli, “Sir, I’m the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. And that’s just as sure as you are alive. 27 I prayed for this child. The Lord has given me what I asked him for. 28 So now I’m giving him to the Lord. As long as he lives he’ll be given to the Lord.” And all of them worshiped the Lord there.

I am struck in this passage by Hannah’s incredible obedience to God, taking Samuel to the House of the Lord and leaving him there.

As a mum, I can’t imagine what she must have been feeling as she spent those first couple of years mexico pharmacy with Samuel, knowing that that was all the time she would have with him.  Especially as he had been such a longed-for child.  And yet, I so admire Hannah’s dedication to God.

It makes me wonder how often I inadvertently put my kids before God.  How I let the rush of family life overrun my time with Him.

Lord, as we start a new year together, may I be always conscious

of my priorities.  May I, this year, place you far and above everything else in my life.  Amen

Written by Ps. Jen Irving

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