December 23, 2020 Daily Devotion

The scripture for today is 1Samuel 2:1-10.

1 Then Hannah prayed and said:

"My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.

2 There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you, there is no rock like our God." NIV

Hannah is at the Synagogue at Shiloh. She had been barren many years, and her husband Elkanah had another wife, Peninnah. Peninnah is a real sweetheart and constantly makes fun of Hannah for being barren.

Hannah has gone to the priest, Eli and after hearing Hannah pray, he thinks she is drunk. She pleads with him to hear her out and he agrees to pray for her in exchange for her baby, and if a son, will be given to him to train as a priest.

Hannah's son is Samuel and grows into a fine and godly man. Better than the priests two sons, who are wicked. They steal the offerings from the Israelites.

As a midwife for over 20 years, I understand the plight of a barren woman. I can't say that I understand Hannah giving up her son, Samuel to Eli. I think that she feels so blessed that God has finally let her bare a child that she is honored to give him to God to be a priest.

As I write this, we are facing a real large growth of cases of Covid, in fact one of the nurses where I work died Thursday AM from Covid and she had just been cleared to return to work. She was in her forties and one of the sweetest persons I had ever met. I know the Lord will be glad to have her in Heaven.

You may ask what the sacrifice of Hannah and the loss of CeCe have in common. Just that, SACRIFICE. Actively working with Covid on a daily basis, I get very angry with persons who refuse to wear a mask. None of us like them. They are hot, itch, and hard to breathe through. BUT, I not only wear it for myself, but others. We have become such a selfish society that we don't consider others.

On my way home to Wentzville on I-70 there is a billboard that says,

'If not for yourself, will you wear it for me.' I am pleading with everyone who sees this. Like Hannah, be willing to make the sacrifice and I know the Lord will bless you as He blessed Hannah for her sacrifice.

Lord, help us to be considerate of others and wear a mask during this pandemic.

Frances Torgerson

Prayer Concern: for the nurses and Doctors on the front lines. They are getting overwhelmed.

Alternate Verses: Luke 1 :46b-55 Mark 11: 1-11

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