Sir, do you remember me? Hannah asked. I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the LORD. I asked the LORD to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the LORD, and he will belong to the LORD his whole life. – 1 Samuel 1:26-28
Hannah gave her long-awaited, only child to the Lord – not figuratively, but literally. It must have been a day of intense emotion when she took her little boy to the temple and then walked away without him in her arms. Her sacrifice gave the world one of the greatest prophets of Biblical history, Samuel. Her selfless gift to God was blessed and so was she, as the Lord then gave her five more children.
No act of sincere sacrifice to God – great or small – goes unrewarded. We praise our God for mothers, who teach us the meaning of sacrifice and unconditional love.