As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: 1Samuel 1-3
Key verses: (1:10, 16-18) 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly.
16 Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time.” 17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.” 18 And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your sight.” Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer.
Reflection: All her life, Hannah had one thing she wanted more than anything. For years, it was the one thing she could not have: a son. This want consumed her and made her miserable so that it was difficult to see other blessings.
How often do we also become overwhelmed with desire for something that appears out of reach? This feeling can block out reality and cause much misery. Its so easy to focus on the negative instead the positive. Many times it is the smaller things such as a school rejection or a particular job that does not materialize that causes us to loose perspective. Sometimes it’s the desire for a loving relationship that never seems to materialize.
We forget that God knows our hearts and our desires. Hannah teaches us to trust in the Lord and to go to the Lord in prayer. She knows the pain of unanswered prayer yet is faithful enough to believe that God has a plan for her. Hannah trusts God and in that trust she finds that God does answer her prayer.
Prayer: Oh God, Creator God. Help us to be patient and to trust you. Help us to be faithful and know that you have a plan for each of us even when we can’t see it. Give us wisdom to accept that you know our needs and will attend to our distress. You do hear our prayers and will provide answers to our questions if we are faithful. Amen.
Author: Katie Morris, Elder class of 2023
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].