SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING

Speak Lord, Samuel is listening.

SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING

By Fr.Felix (African Times Guest Writer)

A Reading from the 1st Book of Samuel (3:3-10, 19). The call of the

young boy Samuel into the Lord’s service is always a favourite.

It is easy to imagine the boy lying, dozing on his mat in the half-

darkness, hearing the voice murmur ‘Shmuel’ (the Hebrew form of his

name).

Was it really a call, was it the old prophet calling, or just the wind

in the pillars of the Temple? He has all the directness, willingness

and simplicity of a child, the sort of qualities needed for the Kingdom

of God. Often, however, in the same way we do not know whether an

‘inspiration’ is really the call of God or our own imagination.

Prayer and advice help in discerning the genuine call from a madcap

scheme! Others may know us better than we know ourselves, and God’s

call is always fitted to our true nature.

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