It’s hard to know what Hannah was going through when she knew the time had come to take Samuel to serve in the temple. Did she ever regret her promise to God? Wishing that she could keep Samuel with her forever? Or, did her heart continually flow with thanks to God for blessing her with a child?
What we can know, is our own hearts. When we make a promise do we keep it? And, our children, do they keep their word?
It’s easy to gloss over this story and say look, “Samuel is serving God, you should serve God too.” I’m quite sure at that young age Samuel didn’t really know what was going on. So back to Hannah and keeping one’s word.
We can use this story to talk about how hard it must have been for Hannah to leave Samuel at the temple. But she kept her word. We later learn that Samuel became one of the greatest leaders in the Bible – much needed when priest Eli’s successors were his rebellious sons.
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