1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory. “There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world. “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one prevail. The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed.”
Food For Thought:
Hannah waited a very long time to have a child. When have you waited a long time to have a promise fulfilled? When have you waited a long time for something to happen and it never happened? What emotions did you feel? Do you believe that waiting is a spiritual practice? Think about our ancestors in the faith and how long that they waited for certain things to happen ─ to be delivered from slavery in Egypt, to reach the promised land, to have their Savior appear on earth.
Blessed God, who invited us to be handmaids of your creative power, bless us as you blessed Hannah, Elizabeth and Mary, filling our barren hearts with your fertile word, nurturing faith within us, sustaining us as we ripen with hope, until your desire calls us to the time of labor, and we give birth to your incarnate love. In your holy name we pray, Amen.