I just cried for the first time out of empathy when reading a Bible story.

I'm doing the Bible in 90 day challenge, and while I'm at least a day behind at this point, I am thoroughly enjoying this fast paced study.  I have such a better understanding of how it all got started, who's related to whom, and why certain things are such a big deal.

Want to guess which story made me cry?  Anyone?


I started 1 Samuel, and quickly remembered that the verse on Levi's bedroom wall is from that book.  As I read on to read about Hannah's barren womb, I began to weep with her.  When the Lord heard her cry he gave her a son, Samuel.  When she took him to the temple to be dedicated she said,

"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him."

In the next chapter, she rejoiced and spoke of God's sovereignty.

"...but those who were hungry are hungry no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children..."

I feel like on my own journey to parenthood, all the sadness and weeping I did seems so much more validated! There have been plenty of other barren women in the story thus far... Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel... I'm not sure why I connected with Hannah so much - but I'm glad I did.  Thanks, God!


  1. I guessed Hannah as soon as you asked the question. We studied that story in a class sometime this past year and I thought of you at the time we were studying it.


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