A Short Reflection on Day 5 of Praying Thy Kingdom Come
For today’s theme, “Offer,” we are told to read today’s text with an open mind. It follows:
“They brought the child to Eli. And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” She left him there for the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:25b-28).
The subject of this passage is Hannah who, throughout her life, had been childless. Her husband had two wives, and the other wife made fun of Hannah for having no children. Prior to her son Samuel’s birth, she had gone to the temple, heartbroken and ridiculed, to pray for a child. In her grief, she was mistaken for being drunk by Eli, the priest. When he rebuked her for what he thought was her drunkenness, Hannah replied,
“Not so, my lord…I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer, I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.”
What a beautiful sentiment: “I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.” In times of great grief and sorrow, we pour out our souls to the Lord. In this 10 days before Pentecost, we are pouring our souls to the Lord, too. With hopeful anticipation, let’s pray that what we pour into our prayers will be poured out by God in return.
A Collect for Today’s Passage:
Lord, of your mercy, you listened to Hannah as she poured out her soul to you, and then blessed her with her request. Bless those who feel empty and whose prayers seem impossible, for you will fill them with the possible. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”