Hannah was a married woman who had no children and was unable to have children. She was married to a man by the name of Elkanah and she was one of two wives. The other wife seemed to be very fruitful and had several children. Hannah had none.
In that time a large family was seen as a sign of a blessing and the lack thereof was seen as a curse. Hannah had to endure ongoing humiliation and shame. To make matters worse, the other wife constantly harassed and taunted her. She had desperate circumstances and there appeared to be no hope and no end in sight.
She really had a raw deal. Her name, Hannah, meant ‘woman of grace’ or ‘gracious woman’. But it must have been very difficult to be what her name meant when she was surrounded by such desperate, on-going circumstances and issues. We know that she often cried and wept and that she would not eat because of all that was going on.
Many people find themselves in similar situations today. They are surrounded by difficult circumstances, often they are issues that are beyond their control. Perhaps you are in such a situation today?
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