Summary: An updated version of this sermon given on Mother's Day.

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Hannah Prayed

I Samuel 1:1-20

May 9, 2010



In the last few years I’ve shied away from preaching about mothers and motherhood, because I’ve never felt real comfortable celebrating what I call a “Hallmark Holiday.”

Also, when celebrating things like Mother’s Day, you run the risk of making certain people feel left out or pushed aside.

Women who have not been able to bear children because of physical issues, women who have never married and had children, women who have lost their children due to premature death, women who have see their children walk away from God, women who are separated from their children geographically or emotionally.

Or maybe your mother was abusive or neglectful so celebrating her isn’t something you can do.

I think it’s so easy for us to forget that there are ladies who hurt on Mother’s Day.

But in my desire to not offend, I think I may have done a disservice to those of you who are mothers, as well as those ladies who play big roles in the lives of children around you, and I don’t want you to think that I don’t appreciate you or the place God has for godly moms and mom-figures.

So anyway, today I’m going to preach a message about a particular mother that I think can actually say something to all of us today.

My hope is that Moms will especially be encouraged today to be ladies whom God can use to shape the lives of your young charges, and to give you courage when faced with the challenges that come with that.

I’m actually revisiting a message I gave 8 years ago based on this passage, and using most of the same outline.

Two reasons for that:

- I always struggle with Mother’s Day messages, and this one seemed to communicate some good things.

- Statistics say most people forget the message in the next 24 hours, so it’s safe to figure you won’t remember what I said that long ago anyway, right!

Besides, I’ve added some stuff, taken some other stuff out, and so it’ll basically be a new message, okay?

Before we get started into the Bible passage we’re using for our text today, I want to share with you “Mother’s Ten Commandments of Eating.”

1. Of all the beasts of the field, and of the fish of the sea shalt thou eat. But of the leaves of the tree, thou shalt not eat thereof. For in the day that thou eatest, thou shalt surely get a stomachache.

2. Thou shalt drink of all the good liquids I have given unto thee. Only let not thy liquids be spilled onto thy clothing nor onto they neighbor’s clothing.

3. When thou sittest in thy chair, thou shalt not place thy feet on the table nor over thine head. For that is an abomination to me.

4. Thou shalt not pour Kool-Aid over thy mashed potatoes, nor use it as a dip for thy celery, nor spill it over the floor of the place of eating.

5. When thou hast drunk of thy cup, it shall not be held to thy face as a mask, nor used to strike thy brother or thy sister upon their head.

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