It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Song of Hannah, a Reflection on 1 Samuel 2:1-10

Hannah's story has elements of both Mary's and Elizabeth's. Like Elizabeth, she becomes pregnant after having been barren for a long time. Hannah dedicates her son Samuel to service of the Lord.

Like Mary, Hannah celebrates the birth of her son by means of a song, and a song with similar elements.

The overwhelming importance of God.
God's preference for the weak over the strong.
God's care for the lowly.

Psalm 113 echoes the themes:
Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high,
who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap,'to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

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