Throughout the Lenten Journey, one the daily devotionals per week will come from the ReForming Spiritual Reflections. You can find more, and download your copy on our website.
TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE IN GOD’S PRESENCE as you begin.
1 Samuel 2:1-4
Hannah prayed and said,
1 “My heart exults in the LORD
my strength is exalted in my God.
My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory.
2 There is no Holy One like the LORD, no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
3 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.
4 The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.
REFLECTION From ReForming Spiritual Reflections
The story of Samuel’s life begins with the touching scene of Hannah, a wife of Elkanah, pleading with God to allow her to bear a son because she was barren. Hannah made a vow to God that if allowed to bear a son, she would give the boy to the service of God all the days of his life. God answered Hannah’s prayer and she bore a son, calling him Samuel, which means “because I have asked for him from the Lord”.
Hannah’s song speaks of God’s holiness, knowledge, power and judgment. Hannah sang that there is no one like the Lord, no Rock like our God. In spite of – or perhaps because of – her barrenness, Hannah built her life on the solid Rock that is our God.
Samuel must have heard Hannah’s praise. He learned at her knee about the attributes of the God she loved, qualities she valued. Generation to generation, we pass along what we value. Take a few minutes to make a list of the values most important to you. If you have children, how have you shared your values? How do you uphold these values in your daily work or leisure?
Think, too, about the values we hold as a congregation. What qualities and convictions make Colonial uniquely Colonial? How do we share those values throughout our community? With our brothers and sisters in Christ, and with all the children, “for they belong to us as well?”
PRAYER. Oh Lord, you are our Rock. You are strong and full of knowledge. You guard and protect your faithful children. You turn the world upside down, exalting the lowly and bringing low the mighty. All we have and all we are comes from you. Thank you for instilling in us the values that express the community of Colonial, and for bringing new values that will be important to our future you are calling us to next. On the solid foundation of the Rock we build our future, and we entrust it and ourselves to you. AMEN.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.