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“ But Peninnah made fun of Hannah because the Lord had closed
her womb.  Year after year it was the same Peninnah would taunt Hannah
as they went to the Tabernacle. Hannah would finally be reduced to tears
and would not even eat.” (1 Samuel 1:6-7 NLT)
Hannah's life wasn't easy. She shared the affections of her husband
with another woman, who teased her unmercifully because Hannah couldn't
have children. In a day when the worth of a woman was measured by the number
of sons she bore to her husband, Hannah felt worthless. To make it worse,
her husband's other wife was prolific.
Peninnah teased and taunted Hannah until Hannah couldn't eat or
function. Hannah was an emotional "basket case." I don’t think she was
upset because what she had wasn't good enough. She was grieved because
she didn't feel like she was fulfilling her destiny and living up to her
Perhaps you weren't homecoming queen or didn't graduate at the
top of your class. Maybe you didn't have a prom date, didn't get the leading
role in the play or wasn't the star on the football field.
Maybe your children aren't the cutest, brightest or most athletically
inclined. The diamond on your finger may not be as large as the one on
the person sitting next to you and you may not have the newest car in the
Cancer may have disfigured your body and disappointment may have
scarred your soul, but the sum of all these events have made you the caring,
compassionate person that you are.
No one asks God to send them grief, but it comes, they often find it
to be a blessing in itself and the context for receiving other blessings
in their lives.
“It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she
gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, ‘Because I have
asked him of the LORD.’” (1 Samuel 1:20 NASB95)
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