1 Samuel 1-2

Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 1--

Verses 16-17 (NIV)
“...Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

There is something about grief that all of us connect with even though it affects us all differently. Hannah was expressing her grief in deep sorrow and anguish-filled prayers, enough to make the priest, Eli, assume she had consumed too much alcohol.  

Eli rebuked Hannah but softened when he heard her speak.

It can be so easy to assume the worst in other people especially when we don’t understand their behavior. Usually what we are seeing is the tip of the giant iceberg of heartache and hurt. Take a breath, pray, listen. It might open up an opportunity to be a blessing to someone who may desperately need it.

Robin Miller
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