An unpredictable political climate.
An unstable economy.
A morally bankrupt society.
And the list could go on. A happy new year? These sound more like the elements of a catastrophe novel!
As parents, it's hard enough to say goodbye as our children grow up, but how can we even begin to let them go in today's world?
In this article, one mother shares the comfort she found in a well-known, but often overlooked scene from biblical history . . .
Homeschooling From the Heart
Hannah: A Remarkable Change,
A Remarkable Trust
By Cosette Landon
Sometimes, often before we parents feel "ready," we're required to relinquish control over our offspring's lives and futures. Bewildered and apprehensive, a parade of worst-case scenarios can take over our minds. For me, revisiting the story of Hannah and Samuel stirs me to wonder at God's faithfulness and at a mother's trust when faced with letting go.
We meet Hannah, a sensitive soul, who felt every barb of the scorn being hurled at her for her barrenness. Under the pressure of what the Puritans referred to as "severe providences," Hannah flees to her Lord as her only refuge. In the place of prayer, she wrestles with Him for a blessing and receives exactly that for which she prayed--a son. Her deep sorrow gives way to calm and confidence. Later, we find her praying again, this time from a heart filled with joy and thanksgiving to God. But it is this second prayer that we find the most remarkable because she speaks it after she delivers her young son, in accordance with her vow, into an
environment as undesirable as we can imagine.
Initially, we're gripped by the premature separation of mother and child. Even though there was certainly supernatural grace given to both Samuel and Hannah, it is hard to imagine . . .