Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – Weekday
1 Samuel 1:9-20
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8
Often enough, as you go through a city, you spot people whom life has not be kind. It’s easy to judge, condemn, or spurn those who are unfortunate. But you must admit, usually you don’t know their story.
Such is the case with today’s heroine, Hannah. It was out of sorrow and unhappiness that she rocked and prayed. Her prayer was a soft mumbling to the Lord. Yes, for some it would seem like she was drunk, but Eli could have done better in his thoughts and words. Regretfully, he didn’t even apologize for his bad judgment.
So, our first lesson today is to treat people (in thought, word, and deed) as we would want to be treated. No one wants to be misunderstood or scorned.
I wholeheartedly believe that is one of the things that caused many people to turn to Jesus was His acceptance of them. He didn’t use authority to get His point across, or treat people harshly when they came seeking healing or forgiveness.
This can be attractive for us. Each of us have or has experienced troubles – physical, emotional, or spiritual. Our Gospel today tells us to bring your troubles to Jesus. We’re also to encourage others to do the same.