From today’s Scripture: “Eli, thinking her drunk, said to her, ‘How long will you make a drunken show of yourself? Sober up from your wine!’ ‘No, my lord!’ Hannah answered. ‘I am an unhappy woman. I have had neither wine nor liquor; I was only pouring out my heart to the LORD.’”—1 Sam 1:14-15
We all have ways we think the Lord should be respected and treated. At the same time, we all know others who hold different expectations for behavior in God’s presence.
Sometimes we are Eli and we rush to judgment on someone who doesn’t act toward God the way we do. And sometimes we are Hannah, the one misunderstood by others who have foreign ideas of how to interact with God.
It is difficult to be seen as the one that doesn’t pray the right way. I hope that the next time I am in Hannah’s place, I can be strong like Hannah and stand up for my special way of connecting to my creator.
Let us pray: Lord, today, help me to reserve judgment about others who act differently from me. (Help me to be gentle with myself, too!)
Today’s author, Jenna Spurlock, is serving this year as a “mountain manager” in Glenmary’s volunteer program at Joppa Mountain, in Grainger County, Tennessee.