Letting Go

Read 1 Samuel 1: 1-28 the story of Samuel

After the sacrifice they took the child to Eli.

"Sir, do you remember me?" Hannah asked him. "I am the woman who stood here that time praying to the Lord! I asked him to give me this child, and he has given me my request; and now I am giving him to the Lord for as long as he lives." So she left him there at the Tabernacle for the Lord to use. 1 Samuel 1: 26-28 (TLB)


Tony Roberts lives in Indiana. Shortly after he was born, his mother fell ill. Her doctor prescribed potent medication that severely impaired his Mom's ability to focus. But this didn't stop her from sharing Christ with Tony, encouraging him in his studies, and cheering him on in sports. In spite of her pain and debilitating condition, she reached out to Tony with a love that nourished him spiritually, physically, and emotionally. When the time came for Tony to leave home, it was difficult for his Mom. But she trusted that God would guide him in the way he should go.

Of all the mothers in the Bible, Hannah is perhaps the best example of reaching out and then letting go. After she cried out to the Lord, God blessed her with a baby boy, Samuel. In gratitude, Hannah kept her commitment to devote her son to the service of the Lord. Though she loved Samuel, she was willing to step aside and let the boy grow with God.

Hannah showed her devoted and sacrificial love both in her strong desire to have a child and in her willingness to give the child to the Lord's work. Hannah is an example to us of a love that supports and also lets go.


Prayer: Faithful God, help us to support those we love in their service to you, in Jesus' name, amen.



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