Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9
Tuesday 21st March
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