A Mother's Tears

Nº 144 weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - May 4, 2021

“I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England" - John Wesley

Hannah was an amazing mother, but she lived a very tough life. Her husband loved her, but he had two wives. He passively allowed his other wife to torment Hannah mercilessly. The button she pushed was Hannah’s inability to bear children. During one of the annual feasts, Hannah stood at the temple and begged God for a child. “In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord,” (I Samuel 1:10) As if things were not bad enough, Eli, the high priest, saw her lips moving silently and reprimanded her, accusing her of being drunk. She replied, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. . . I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.” (I Samuel 1:15) Eli recognized the error of his judgment and asked God to grant her request – and God did. Hannah’s son, Samuel, became a powerful and godly leader. The story hinges on the line, “Hannah wept much and prayed.” Great mothers are fun and enjoy life, but they also feel deeply and turn to God during tough times. This Mother’s Day, thank God for your mother. And thank the mother who wept and prayed for you.

Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc