Second Thursday of Advent: Samuel

Second Thursday of Advent: Samuel
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1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, 'Samuel! Samuel!' Then Samuel said, 'Speak, for your servant is listening

On the second Thursday of Advent, we remember Samuel.
The ornament for today should represent Samuel and the beginning of the kingdom (a lamp or a crown).
The story of Samuel is found in the books of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel in the Old Testament. Samuel was a significant figure in Israel's history, serving as a prophet, priest, and judge.

Samuel's story begins with his mother, Hannah, who was barren and prayed fervently to God for a child. In answer to her prayers, she gave birth to Samuel and dedicated him to the service of God. Samuel grew up under the guidance of the priest Eli in the tabernacle.

As Samuel matured, he began to hear God's voice and received messages and prophecies from Him. He became known as a trustworthy prophet, delivering God's words to the people of Israel. Samuel played a crucial role in anointing Saul as the first king of Israel, as well as later anointing David as the future king.

Throughout his life, Samuel demonstrated faithfulness to God and obedience to His commands. He served as a faithful leader and judge, guiding the people of Israel in matters of worship and governance. Samuel's leadership marked a transition from the period of the judges to the establishment of the monarchy in Israel.

From the story of Samuel, we can learn several important lessons. Firstly, it teaches us about the power of prayer and faith. Hannah's persistent prayers for a child were answered by God, demonstrating His faithfulness and willingness to hear and respond to our prayers. It reminds us to have faith in God's timing and trust in His plans for our lives.

Overall, the story of Samuel teaches us about the power of prayer, faith, listening to God's voice, obedience to His commands, and the qualities of good leadership. It encourages us to cultivate a deep relationship with God, seek His guidance, and live a life of faithfulness and obedience.

for further reading, check out God Calling to Samuel in 1 Samuel 3 and
Samuel and Saul in 1 Samuel 10–12