Broken world, broken hearts

Re: Verse reading–1 Samuel 1:1-20 (day five)
“Hannah had no children” (v 2)  “She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord.” (v 10)  Her journey is not unlike our own.  Eventually we all discover, as Hannah did, that this world is incapable of meeting our deepest needs, fulfilling our highest hopes.  It is a hostile place.  And empty.  Sometimes we experience this brokenness in marriage.  Sometimes in parenthood or infertility or singleness or career loss,  but eventually everyone discovers the same truth.  And God can use a broken heart.  Only as our hearts break free from our dependence on/addiction to the things of this world do we  discover the power and peace to be found in “unseen things”.  Hannah may have prayed before this night but she never prayed with equal power.  Heart break?  Yes.  Break through?  Yes again.  Hannah’s experience is something that God desires to teach us all.  A broken heart may be the beginning of a new life.

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