Making a deal with God.

Sunday’s Old Testament reading (1 Samuel) is all about Samuel.  To know who Samuel is, we need to know a little about his mother, Hannah.

Hannah was heart-broken because she wasn’t able to have children.  Hannah begged God for a son, and promised that child to God’s service.  After praying in the Temple (so intensely that at first the priests thought she was drunk), she had a son. 

When we’re desperate, sometimes we promise that if God will help us, we will do something for God.  Those promises can be impressive.  Often, we don’t really mean them. 

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But Hannah does.  And when Samuel is three years old, Hannah makes good on her promise - which is why there’s a young boy (Samuel) sleeping in the Temple.  Okay, but what does that have to do with our faith not being a Sunday-only thing? 

More on this tomorrow.

 

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