When parents dedicate themselves and their children to the Lord it is always an inspiring time. We stand at the beginning of a great venture, a new career, a marriage, raising a child, and have such great hopes of the future before us. We exude great confidence in the outcome. Tomorrow, on the occasion of these dedications, we pause to look at the dedication of Samuel and the prayer that Hannah sang as she contemplated his future. We’ll see where Hannah placed her confidence and her significance as the mother of an outstanding future leader.

As we look into 1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:11, we’ll see how her well-placed confidence spoke to her significance in God regardless of the future. I think that God will bless our hearts through Hannah’s prayer in turbulent times. Take some time to read over chapter 2 to ready your heart for a meaningful time.

For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:27-28 ESV)


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