Oh Lord Hear My Prayer

Proper 28, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:4-20

Hannah is a lucky woman. She is beautiful and her husband Elkanah loves her more than anything. But Hannah desperately wants to have a baby. She has prayed feverishly, night and day, to the point that she seems to be loosing her sanity. Through it all Elkanah steadfastly proclaims his love and stands beside her. But Hannah’s mind is made up and she does not care how it looks to others on the outside, she knows the deepest desire of her heart and pleads with God asking for God to send her wholeness. While this verse can be challenging because it seems to suggest that God’s answer will always be “yes” to those who pray hard enough; it is also vital to our understanding of healing in the modern form. What if Hannah’s healing was not that she bore a child, but that she got up the morning after her tear-filled prayer at the temple and worshipped God despite her sadness?

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LPTW Proper 28, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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Our Temples and Buildings

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 28, Year B

Scripture: Mark 12:38-44

A beautiful building, the Temple –laboriously built and the pride of the people. Impressive now, Jesus agrees, but not one stone will be left upon stone. The kingdom he offers is not about fancy buildings. His kingdom will, however, remain after all else has been destroyed.

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LPTW Proper 28, Year B, Younger Children
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