Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:21, John 5:1-23, Psalm 105:37-45, Proverbs 14:28-29
Hannah’s story is a familiar one in the Bible – the wife who has not been able to have a child. As a man, I don’t think I could ever know the pain that she felt. Certainly the social stigma and the taunts of the other wife must have been awful. Yet, based on the song that Hannah sang at the start of 1 Samuel 2, she took all of these things in stride. She was not passive – did she have her mocker(s) in mind in I Samuel 2:3, 5?
3 “Stop acting so proud and haughty!
Don’t speak with such arrogance!
For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done;
he will judge your actions.
5 Those who were well fed are now starving,
and those who were starving are now full.
The childless woman now has seven children,
and the woman with many children wastes away.
In her song, she spoke of God’s justice, but she also spoke of God’s protecting the faithful. I wonder how tightly she held to that promise while she was hoping year after year to have a child.