Saturday 1 November 2014

22 December - Season of Advent

For some of us, it may be difficult to let go of persons or things which are dear or significant to us. We try to hold on to such things or persons as much or as long as possible. This is especially apparent when it comes to certain persons who have been part of our lives for a long time. However, as with all things and persons here on earth, there comes a time when the person will need to leave. Even things that we own have got a lifespan and we would not be able to have them forever. But what should be our attitude be as Christians? Are we continuing to cling on, or are we willing to let go?

In today's reading, Hannah had been granted a son whom she named Samuel. Naturally, as a mother, she would have been extremely grateful and happy to have had a son granted to her by God, after being unable to conceive for so long. However, Hannah had made a vow to offer her son to God should she conceive. She could have been hesitant or selfish, and keep Samuel with her, since it had been quite difficult for her to become a mother. But she chose to fulfil her vow when she said: "This is the child I prayed for, and the Lord granted me what I asked him. Now I make him over to the Lord for the whole of his life. He is made over to the Lord." Hannah was willing to let go of the child she treasured, knowing and trusting in God's providence.

What about us? If God were to ask us to let go of something, would we be able to do so? Are we willing to have confidence and trust in God like Hannah did? Let us always remember that we are merely pilgrims here on earth, and place our lives in God's hands, knowing that He will care for us.

No comments:

Post a Comment