Summary: A Mother's Day sermon listing five reasons Hannah was a very special mother but those same reasons will make any of us better parents or Christians.
“A Very Special Mother”
Text: 1 Samuel 1:8-11
In recognition of this holiday, I want our lesson to focus on a very special mother in the Bible. You have to love a woman who wants a son more than anything else in the world. Hannah was such a woman and one of my favorites. She can teach us so much about life because she was “A Very Special Mother”. So I hope you’ll open your Bibles to the book of 1 Samuel and the first chapter as we look at five reasons Hannah was “A Very Special Mother”. Those same reasons can help each of us be better Christians as well as better mothers and fathers. As always, I ask you to search your Bibles daily to make sure I’m telling you the truth.
Most of us are very familiar with the story of Hannah but, just in case, I want us to go back and read the first seven verses of this chapter to get a better understanding of her situation: Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim Zophim, of the mountains of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there. And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the LORD had closed her womb. And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the LORD had closed her womb. So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. Elkanah had two wives and this was the first problem. God never wanted men to have multiple wives. This is something ignorant man did on his own starting with Lamech in Genesis 4:19 and it always caused problems in the home. Secondly, like most married women, Hannah wanted children but she was barren. Finally, Elkanah’s other wife Penninah made Hannah’s life miserable by taunting her about her infertility. The first reason Hannah was a very special mother was that she was prayerful. She had some very real needs like all of us and she knew to turn to God in prayer. The inspired apostle Paul offers us the same advice in Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Most of us learned to pray from our mothers as they tucked us in bed at night. In 1922, John Vaughan wrote a gospel song as a tribute to his mother entitled “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again.” The second verse is one many of us can identify with:
“She used to pray that I on Jesus would rely