Today we have Hannah bringing her son Samuel to the temple. Hannah was one of 2 wives, and the other wife had a lot of kids while she had none. Her husband loved her better, but her rival never let her forget she had not contributed any sons to the family, and she felt worthless. She went to the temple to pray for a son, and was praying so intensely that the priest (Eli, the guy in yellow below) thought she was drunk. She told him what she was praying for, and he told her she would have a kid!
She got pregnant as soon as they were home from the temple, and she stayed home until Samuel was weaned, which was probably 5 or 6 at least. Then she brought him to the temple to work there, because God had given him to her, she was giving him back. Every year, when the family went to the temple to worship she would bring a new outfit for Samuel to wear.
Samuel grew up to be a prophet that God spoke to directly, and he anointed the first two kings. So this is a pivotal point in the history of Israel.
I have always loved this story. One of the points that always touched me was God's compassion on the childless woman. I always thought that the story of the family life with 2 wives gives an insight into polygamy; never a good idea if you want a peaceful house.
I don't remember stitching this one! It must have gone quickly (and of course, it was several years ago as well). I really like the angel watching over Hannah and Samuel, though.
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