Prayer for the day
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling; That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
Scripture for the day
Not everyone get’s a Samuel-Call. It’s a rare and unique thing. I wonder if even Samuel knew how unbelievably special it was to be called by God in the way he was called. It certainly wasn’t something that was happening regularly, as our First Testament story makes clear today. Samuel’s time was a time when the voice of God was rarely heard. The people were, as we learned a few days ago, doing their own thing, whatever seemed good to them. And God was about to do something incredible.
Samuel’s name means “God hears.” The story of Samuel’s life is the story of God hearing the unspoken cries of his people, cries of corruption and pain and cries for help. Samuel’s mother cried out, and God heard her cry. God listened, and God acted.
In the Second Testament book of Luke, God continues his listening. Jesus hears the cry of the demon-possessed man. It’s unclear whether the demon is crying out or the man is crying out but Jesus can hear the deeper cry of the man, and so he calls the demon out. He calls the man to wholeness and life and fullness. He hears the desperate cry of a mother’s heart, and he calls her daughter back to life.
God’s call on Samuel is to deliver his messages to the people of Israel. God’s call on Jesus was to deliver his message to the people of Israel. God’s call to the people who were delivered was to spread their message to others. And in the end, God’s call to you and to me is to spread the goodness of God, the message of God, to the ends of the world.