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1 Samuel 1 & 2: God’s Yardstick – Hannah

Loving Patience

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Tissot: The High Priest and Hannah

James Tissot: The High Priest and Hannah

In these opening days of a new year, we look for ways to better see God’s yardstick in our lives, and for ways to leave the world’s yardstick behind.

Who among us will so willingly give away the very gift we have sought for so long a time? Hannah shows us how we might measure our lives in this way. (1 Samuel 1:24-28)

Who among us exults in God’s goodness in the face of adversity so joyfully and without thought of revenge? Hannah models for us the words we might use in gratitude to God. (1 Samuel 2:1-10)

When we use the scripture links to explore these well-known words and the verses that surround them, God’s yardstick becomes more clear and our lives become more focused, peace-filled and joyful. Adversity brings us less anxiety to bring us instead an amazing sense of serenity. Ugliness falls away to give birth to quiet beauty.

When we spend time with Hannah’s story and her yardstick, power and status melt away to reveal the incalculable value of gentle persistence and hopeful love. Hannah, faced with the cruelties of life, allows perseverance, faith and hope to transform her grief. In this way, she offers us her life as a new measure of success . . . a measure that foreshadows the great love of Mary, mother of God.


Using this link, spend time with 1 Samuel 1 & 2 and look for Hannah’s yardstick. To learn more about her story, click on the image above, or visit: http://www.womeninthebible.net/Hannah.htm 

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