“I’m listening”

Samuel was a young man, probably in his teens. He’d been living at the tabernacle since he was young, maybe five or six. Eli slept within earshot of the tabernacle. Samuel did as well. It meant that they could protect and pray, that the holiness of God wasn’t left alone. Every night at twilight, a […]

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The imperfect biblical families.

Hannah had a baby. She named him Samuel. I’m not sure how often naming was done by dads and how often by moms. I can think of examples of both in the Bible. In this case, Hannah had asked God for a son, Hannah was going to offer this son to God, and so she […]

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Pouring a heart before God.

It’s about 1100 BC, give or take a few decades. In Greece, it is a time between civilizations. In China, the Shang dynasty is ending, the first of the Chinese civilizations. Rome doesn’t exist yet, as a civilization that we know. And in Israel, there is a woman named Hannah who wants a son. Her […]

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