Never Mumble

When we don’t speak clearly to someone with whom we’re having a conversation, there’s always a risk our words will be misunderstood.

In today’s Old Testament reading, Hannah is praying before the Lord, begging him for a son, as she was barren and tormented by her husband’s other wife for her lack.

The prophet Eli sees her and is initially confused and unimpressed, then, when she explains herself, he shows mercy–1 Samuel 1:

12 As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”

15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. 16Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

I hope that all of our prayers are answered in the same way as Hannah’s were.

But notice what was the pre-requisite?

She was pouring out her soul.

May we remember to do that when we pray.

Before the Christmas season gets too far behind us, I have one more thing to share with you that made me laugh out loud more than once.

Here it is, and remember, to speak clearly in all you do.

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