Last night before I went to bed I read the daily readings and really wanted to write a blog post at that time, but since it was almost midnight, and I’m trying to get to bed earlier, I made a resolution to write the post tonight. So here goes…
The reason why I wanted to write the post was because of the first reading from Samuel. In this reading we are introduced to Hannah who is praying to the Lord to have a son, and below you will see the whole reading with bolded text (these were phrases that jumped out at me) and underlined/italicized text (these were my reactions to reading the bolded text). I’ve never done a post like this before, so I hope it’s not too difficult to follow. 🙂
~“Hannah rose after a meal at Shiloh,
and presented herself before the LORD; (This reminded me of being in adoration – being in the presence of Jesus… )
at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair
near the doorpost of the LORD’s temple.
In her bitterness she prayed to the LORD, weeping copiously,
and she made a vow, promising: “O LORD of hosts, (I’ve done this before…praying to the Lord while in tears…)
if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid, (Feeling miserable is the worst, but unfortunately, I’ve been there…)
if you remember me and do not forget me,
if you give your handmaid a male child, (Prayer requests are prayers I frequently say ie) ‘Give me patience,’ seems to be a big one lately…)
I will give him to the LORD for as long as he lives;
neither wine nor liquor shall he drink,
and no razor shall ever touch his head.”
As she remained long at prayer before the LORD, (This sometimes happens at adoration as I don’t wear a watch or bring my phone with me to keep track of the time…)
Eli watched her mouth, for Hannah was praying silently;
though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard. (The beauty of silent prayer…)
Eli, thinking her drunk, said to her,
“How long will you make a drunken show of yourself? (This made me sad to think of Hannah being ridiculed simply because she was praying…)
Sober up from your wine!”
“It isn’t that, my lord,” Hannah answered.
“I am an unhappy woman.
I have had neither wine nor liquor;
I was only pouring out my troubles to the LORD.
Do not think your handmaid a ne’er-do-well;
my prayer has been prompted by my deep sorrow and misery.” (Such an honest answer…)
Eli said, “Go in peace,
and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” (I was happy he seemed to treat her more kindly at this point…)
She replied, “Think kindly of your maidservant,” and left.
She went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband,
and no longer appeared downcast.
Early the next morning they worshiped before the LORD,
and then returned to their home in Ramah.
When Elkanah had relations with his wife Hannah,
the LORD remembered her. (The Lord always remembers us, sometimes WE fail to remember that He. Will. Never. Forget. Us…)
She conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son (Her prayer was answered in the way she was hoping it would be answered…)
whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the LORD for him.”~
– 1 Samuel 1:9-20
Anyways, I really wanted to share this reading because I felt like I’ve had times in my life when my prayers were very much like Hannah’s: almost to the point of desperation…wondering if God really had a plan for me…
I’d be curious to know if anyone else felt a connection with this reading, and if not, hopefully you enjoyed my little breakdown of what might be one of my new favorite passages. Happy Wednesday! 🙂