Hannah’s story begins the book of Samuel and Hebrew listeners would have known that her name means “Grace.”
So it is Grace pleading in the temple for God to give her a son and Grace eventually changing her request from a son for herself to a seed for the people. It is Grace who stands up to power by speaking her truth and Grace who receives the very blessing of the one who could have had her killed.
We so often see God’s Grace in the New Testament that we miss it in the Old, even though it is there, right at the beginning of this book, describing a gathering together of the people of God into a unified kingdom.
Grace frames all the stories of First Samuel and Samuel means both “name of God” and “God has heard.” To be held by Grace is a powerful thing and even the conflicted, murderous, and disobedient that pepper this book are held by Grace as well.
Which means that no matter how you or I respond to our calling from God, there is Grace enough for that, too.
- When have you experienced “grace enough” in your life?
- When was a time you offered grace to someone else? What happened as a result?