During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional.  Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old.  We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.

1 Samuel 1:24-28                                               

Imagine how much thanksgiving Hannah must have felt to be able to surrender her only son. She was so full of thanksgiving that she gave her son, Samuel, to be a disciple for the God who answered her prayers. I am sure she had moments of feeling like she could not give him up, but ultimately Hannah knew God had a plan and that she and Samuel were a part of that plan. God calls us to be willing to let go of anything, even if it’s something we asked for. Hannah prayed for a son, whom God gave her, not for her glory, but for His.

Having this prayer answered made Hannah an even stronger believer that God was listening and cared deeply about her. Our lives are full of things to give thanks for; the challenge is being aware of those blessings and giving the glory to Him.

This story is also a great reminder of how God keeps His promises. So when we make promises to God it is equally important to keep the promises we make to Him. As you go through this Christmas season be aware of the promises you make in the presence of God and give thanks to Him for the promises he has made and kept ever since His only Son was born in that stable in Bethlehem.

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