Heart break abounds in the recent years.
Empty arms are mocked by those who willingly empty theirs. Broken hearts are stomped on by those who gladly rip out the hearts of others. There is no easy way around this subject, but redemption is on the other side when we chose to walk in freedom from the pain that is left on the path of those reeling from their choices.
Think about our sister Hannah. She was barren.
She wasn’t our first heart-broken sister nor was she our last. Women of faith caught in a motherhood and legacy trap spread across all time and cultures. We are met with defiance by the world when we don’t produce, don’t share life with offspring, and leave our families and husbands disappointed.
Depression may have seeped into Hannah’s internal being. Sarah, Elizabeth and the like probably found themselves in the darkest parts of their souls weeping for the babe in arms that was just out of reach.
In the darkness is where we find Hannah. She is there, praying desperately, giving worship and being accused of drunkenness instead of communion with the Lord.
This is where we meet our sisters. In the dark corner. In our trials, in our longings, in our sorrows and in our despairs, we gather together with these women and glean something that they could have turned away from ever so easily: hope.
Hannah poured out herself to the Lord. She prayed fervently despite the hopelessness she lived in. In her desperation, she called upon the Lord, “Remember me.”
1 Samuel 1:11 NIV
And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
Hannah was bold when she called for the Lord to take action on her behalf. Her angst didn’t drive her away but into the arms of the Lord.
Faithfulness went full circle. The Lord showed His mercy upon our sister and granted her a son whom she dedicated to Him.
We may not find ourselves following the testimony of Hannah and her full house, but we can follow her in the worship and faith she had despite her circumstances. We can grab on to part of the story and make our own. Through barrenness, or through the choice to terminate our children, freedom awaits those who chose to break the bondage of sin or grief.
1 Samuel 2:1-10
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.
“There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
The Lord delivers us from disgrace. We can rely on His sovereign hand in our lives.
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