And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. And the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD. For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD.”
And he worshiped the LORD there.
—1 Samuel 1:24-28
by: Cheri Appel.
How do you raise a Nazirite? Hannah began prayerfully, pre-pregnancy, making her vow. During pregnancy, perhaps she sang praises and blessed God’s holy name, speaking of His faithfulness to the unborn child. After the birth, she must have often spoken of her love for and faith in her Lord. It is evident that she taught him how to pray and worship as she described what being a Nazirite for life would look like. What if we had been parented in these ways? Do we model these practices in the lives of children we influence today? What stops us from being faithful to our own version of Hannah’s vow?