Prayer: Gracious God of blessings thank you for answering our prayers. Thank you for all you have given us and thank you for the times you said no or wait. May we be grateful everyday and share our gratitude with others. AMEN
Reading: 1 Samuel 1: 4-12 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I picture Hannah as a very devoted wife but she is also timid and quiet. I feel that she put up with a lot of nastiness from the other wife which trickled down to her sons. There were most likely societal expectations that she was not living up to, even though her husband seems to love her no matter what. Her grief is very understandable. Her pouring it all out to God in prayer must have been a great relief. I know when I am deeply troubled by anything praying to God relieves the stress. I hope whatever is causing you trouble and grief you can raise it to God in prayer and find some comfort. It also is not usually a once and done thing. It can take time, so continually pray and ask others to pray for you too. Hannah’s prayer was answered by God, and she was given a son. May you get the blessing you are praying for too.
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