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Words and Meaning

Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9

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Wednesday 22nd March

As a small child Samuel was given to God:           a small number of words, carrying a lot of meaning : both pain and promise. Just as there was a heavy cost for Hannah, so there was for Samuel too. Samuel grew up with Eli, seeing his parents only once a year and he became, as Hannah had intended a servant of God: assisting Eli in his work and later having a prophetic role in the whole nation. But in the story we read this week, Samuel was a small child removed from the familiar and put down somewhere new with people he had never met. At this point the situation doesn’t look promising.

Thoughts and Prayer: So today take time to pray for children who have been left: separated from parents: for refugees and for children whose parents can’t look after them. And pray also for the Elis: foster carers and others looking after children.

 

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Hannah

Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9

Tuesday 21st March 20

 

Hannah had longed for a child for a very long time. She had prayed desperately in her distress. Finally her prayers were answered   and she had a son, Samuel. But this story doesn’t end there. When Samuel is weaned Hannah takes him and leaves him with Eli,  a priest at Shiloh, a holy place ; Samuel’s life would be dedicated to God’s service. This goes well beyond the ‘letting go’ that all parents need to do when their children  grow up. This is not just a happy ever after story: and though the particular circumstances are very unusual, the experiences & emotions are common.

 

 Thoughts and Prayer: Spend some moments holding before God in prayer those who long for children and for those separated from their children  for whatever reason