• 1 Samuel 1:1-20 Filled with Good Things (Butler)

    They packed up for a time of celebration. Expressions of thanksgiving were expected, just like ours at Thanksgiving. Tough, then, for Hannah. All she could hear were the heart-breaking words that God “had shut up her womb.”

  • 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 What’er the Gift May Be (Kegel)

    It is festival time, like our Christmas. Hannah has made a robe for her little boy. Loving parents want to make sure their children are warm and safe. We can see the love of this mother for her first child: Hannah had made Samuel a new robe.

  • 1 Samuel 3:1-10 When God Speaks (Wagner)

    Two people in the midst of a crowd. One says, “My broker is E.F. Hutton and E.F. Hutton says….” At that point the crowd hushes. The ad concludes, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” What about when God speaks? Is anyone listening?

  • 1 Samuel 3:1-20 Avoiding Absurd Living (Anders)

    Henri Nouwen says, “We live absurd lives.” Surd, Nouwen says, is from the Latin word for “deaf.” He says: “A spiritual discipline is necessary to move from an absurd to an obedient life--a life in which there is some space where we can listen to our God.”

  • 1 Samuel 3:1-20 God’s Transforming Call (Donovan)

    I like this story. A faithful woman has a problem. She prays, and God answers her prayers. God not only blesses her, but blesses her son as well. This story speaks of the potential that lies within each of us when we put God first in our lives.

  • 1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 Attentiveness to God’s Kingdom (Hoffacker)

    Changes––from winter to summer, from infancy to adulthood––are wondrous. Because they occur so gradually, and are outside our control, it seems that they happen secretly, with a power of their own. Jesus talks about this sort of development.

  • 1 Samuel 16:6-7 Soul Deep Beauty (Bowen)

    Saul, handsome and tall, wins a stunning victory over the Amalekites. But in doing so, he takes booty for himself and sets up a monument in his honor. This will not do. So Samuel, prophet of God, sets out to find a new king.