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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Scripture

Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I asked the LORD for him."

1 Samuel 1: 19-20

次日清早, 他们起来, 在耶和华面前敬拜, 就回拉玛. 到了家里, 以利加拿和妻哈拿同房, 耶和华顾念哈拿, 哈拿就怀孕. 日期满足, 生了一个儿子, 给他起名叫撒母耳, 说: "这是我从耶和华那里求来的."

撒母耳记上 一: 十九 - 二十


Debz said...

Hummmmmm......think there was a mothers day celebration in biblical times?....wonder how those who were trying to concieve felt that day....they probably didn't have the opurtunities we do today..I aspire to have the kinda faith they had....like Elizabeth and Samsons mom..

Jennifer said...

This was in the portion of scripture we studied in Sunday School this morning. What a great story of faith!

My Baker Boys said...

This is one of my all time favorite Scriptures. I especially LOVE it in the Message translation:

"Up before dawn, they worshiped God and returned home to Ramah. Elkanah slept with Hannah his wife, and God began making the necessary arrangements in response to what she had asked."

- God began making the necessary arrangements -

How incredibly, intimate and deliberate is that. God planned. God made arrangements. God lined things up just so. It wasn't a fluke or luck or good timing. It was God deliberately at work in his own time to bring something into being that wasn't there before. And the arrangements were necessary. Not haphazard or ad hoc, but deliberate.

When I think of you and the mothers who wait long periods for their children, I am comforted to know that what may seem like a "delay" to us is likely part of God "making the necessary arrangements" in "response to our request". In his own time.

I know you know this. But thought it might be encouraging to know that I know it too. You do not sit in the shadows alone.