Hannah replied: “I am a woman in great trouble. I was pouring out my soul before the Lord. All this time I have been speaking from the depth of my grief and resentment.” ~From the first book of Samuel 9:15-16
Hannah’s story in the Old Testament is touching and moving. For years she was childless and it was a source of great anxiety for her. Her story resonates with childless couples who long for a baby but for different reasons cannot have one. Such stories are heartbreaking. Hannah is presented as a woman of faith and courage. Despite her heartbreak at being childless, she never loses hope and never loses trust in God. Her story has a message for us too. Sometimes we want to throw the towel in even to the point of wondering whether we should bother with God any more. Hannah despite all her troubles stuck it out. No matter how bad things might be, it would be a tragedy to lose heart in our loving God.