Hannah’s Namesake

I realized the other day, that I have not yet shared how we came to settle on Hannah’s name.  Hannah is actually the third name we picked out for a little girl, the other two just never felt quite right.

As I was working on my pieces for Resurrection’s Advent devotional, I stumbled upon Hannah’s story in 1 Samuel and instantly liked the name.  I aksed Heather what she thought (at that point we were settled on name #2) and she really didn’t say much.  A few days later I brought it up again and she said, “I think I like it.”  After a little more conversation we decided we were sold.

My prayer is that as Hannah grows she’ll trust in God and contribute to the community in the same ways that her namesake did.  Hannah’s song from 1 Samuel 2:1-10:

2Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory. 2“There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 3Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength. 5Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. 6The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. 7The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts. 8He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world. 9“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one prevail. 10The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed.”

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