Monday, January 4, 2010

On Being Hannah

There's a lot of parenting in the Bible. Good parenting and (lots of) bad parenting too. The men and women who are our spiritual fathers were sinful just like us, and the Bible is not afraid to record those truths. One momma in the Bible that I do want to emulate, though, is Hannah.
The Biblical picture of Hannah is at the very core of parenting. Hannah did what was most difficult--she gave her child away. This is essential to parenting because it is what we all must do at one time or the other. Whether it is like the couple in our community who were able to say of their four year old son's death, "He wasn't taken from us; we were allowed to be with him for four years!" Or whether it is the parent waving good-bye to their college bound 18 year old or the father giving away his daughter with the words, "I'll always be your dad, but now I'll always respect your husband." This is what parenting is, and I'm thankful for the snapshot of that from Hannah.
"For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord."
(1 Samuel 1:27 and 28a)
This has application for that future date when our children go off on their own, but it also has daily application. We mothers tend to love to control and this is a call for mothers to walk humbly in the Spirit alongside their children. This could be as simple as letting my daughter pick out her own wardrobe or as profound as standing back during a fight and seeing my children work it out on their own. And I'm hoping (really hoping) that praying about this now will somehow soften that time in the future when these precious ones really do step out on their own. Oh, and by the way, Hannah was given 3 other sons and 2 daughters (1 Sam. 2:21). The Spirit must have recorded that little fact to remind us moms that there is rich blessing in surrendering our all to our Father.
To read an awesome quote about this very subject visit "Courage."

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful. So thankful for the grace of God. Sinners raising sinners.