Hannah's Heart


©Deborah Bolack 2008
Pianist Bethany Isaac
Soloist Terry Neufeld
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Hannah’s heart was grieved, as she prayed, and she wept sore.
Though in bitterness of soul, she trusted in the Lord.
Hannah’s heart poured out, as she asked God for a son,
Vowing she would give him back until his days were done.
Hannah’s heart was strong in faith,
for through her sorrow and her pain,
The Lord had taught her of his grace,
and how blessings come to those who trust and pray.
Hannah’s heart was calmed, and her face no longer sad.
She had lain her burden down, and left it in God’s hands.
Hannah’s heart rejoiced when God answered her request.
Soon the child, Samuel, unto the Lord was lent.
Hannah’s heart was strong in faith,
for through her sorrow and her pain,
The Lord had taught her of his grace,
and how blessings come to those who trust and pray.
Hannah’s heart had learned to trust and pray.

Hannah’s heart was broken. Though she longed to have a son, the Lord had shut up her womb. What made matters worse was the fact that Hannah’s husband had another wife who was able to bear children, and she took pleasure in Hannah’s heartbreak. It would have been easy for Hannah to become bitter and angry at God for allowing such circumstances, and for awhile it does seem that Hannah is wallowing in self pity. But eventually she realizes that her attitude is also hurting her husband. She remembers who it is that is in control of all things, and though she is still in bitterness of soul, she takes her petition to the Lord, and pours it all out to him. After giving her burden to the Lord, her countenance is no longer sad.

What a difference it makes when we just put our trust in the Lord, and realize, as Hannah did, that There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God! It’s only then that God can pour out his blessings upon our lives!
Once again, I’m reminded that God’s plan, God’s way and God’s timing are always perfect. The Lord gave me three beautiful children through birth, then he shut up my womb. At the time, I accepted this as God’s will, but I had no idea what other plans he had for our family. How he has blessed us since then!


1 Samuel 1:1 –1 Samuel 2:21
Jeremiah 17:7,8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

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