Hannah’s Sorrow Story (1 Samuel 1:1-20)
Unhappy Wife – man, mother, baby, woman – Elkanah had two wives. Peninnah had children; Hannah was barren. She was loved and blessed but very unhappy.
Family Drama – mother, baby, son, grieving woman – Hannah’s sister-wife mocked her infertility often, causing her to weep. She would not eat in her distress.
Desperate Heart – temple, praying woman, tears – One day, she visited the Shiloh temple. Hannah prayed, begging God for a son that she would dedicate to him.
Peace Blessing – priest, cloud, mother, baby – The local priest thought Hannah was drunk; but she explained her anguish. Eli asked God to give Hannah children.
- Why do some cultures highly value having sons?
- What were some of Hannah’s marriage problems?
- How does it feel to be relentlessly provoked?
- Have you ever been so upset that you can’t eat?
- How does Elkanah’s response to Hannah’s frustration demonstrate he was oblivious to her pain?
- What’s it like to publicly hide your internal stress?
- Is God still good if he doesn’t give what you ask for?
- What signs showed that Hannah finally found peace?
The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.
- Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
- Tell the story with the drawings.
- Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
- Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
- Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
- Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.
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