S (Scripture): 1 Samuel 1:24 When [Samuel] had been weaned and was still very young, Hannah took him, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a jar of wine, and brought him to the Lord’s house at Shiloh. 25 They slaughtered the bull, then brought the boy to Eli [the priest].
26 “Excuse me, sir!” Hannah said. “As surely as you live, sir, I am the woman who stood here next to you, praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this boy, and the Lord gave me what I asked from him. 28 So now I give this boy back to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.”
O (Observation): What a tough spot to be in. Hannah was unable to have a child for so long and so desperate to have a child. As a
As a show of thankfulness to the Lord, Hannah – once she has weaned Samuel – dedicates the child to the service of the Lord.
Doesn’t always work out, but this time it did. Hannah is overwhelmed with gratitude and joy.
A (Application): Look, not everyone who prays for a child will receive one. Not being able to bear a child is no reflection on God’s presence (or lack thereof). It just is.
Part of our calling is to create offspring, yes. But that does not completely define us. In fact, that is only one part of the gift of relationships.
This text reminds me that we are all called to serve the Lord and one another. I don’t know the statistics, but caring for babies and children with no parents is a HUGE need. I know it doesn’t replace any desire or feeling as having one’s own flesh and blood to hold onto, but perhaps the child that is cared for will appreciate and love his or her adoptive parents. Through the adopted child’s eyes…you are their whole world.
Maybe we can see our adoption by God – through baptism – as our hope and stay.
May you hold tightly to your loved ones this day. Give thanks to God. And seek solace for the sadness that may linger in your heart.
P (Prayer): Gracious God, give us hope and guidance this day. Amen.