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Topic: IT'S CHILD'S PLAY (06/06/19)
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By Catherine Drabble
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â€œPerhaps sheâ€™s not coming this year,â€ I whispered softly to myself. Then I spotted her; she had seen me first and was waving frantically, her beautiful smile obscuring everything else around her.
We ran to each other with joy and laughter and then we hugged. We hugged for a long time unable to conceal our happiness and delight.
As I felt her warm embrace the memories came flooding back. The memory of the day she left me; the day I felt she had abandoned me. The feelings that I tried hard to push to the back of my mind but today, because she was here holding me, I allowed my thoughts to wander to that moment when I was four years old.
We had gone on a journey and had brought a bull with us for the annual sacrifice; it was the first time I had witnessed such a thing and I can still hear the bellows of the animal as it was restrained and then sacrificially killed.
I was too young, I didnâ€™t understand; I just had a dreadful feeling of fear and uncertainty as I saw my mother talking to a man. They were both pointing and staring at me. Then my mother drew me to her and put a colourful coat on my small shoulders and promised she would bring me a bigger one next year. â€œYou have to stay here,â€™â€ she said as she stroked my hair and cupped my face in her hands.
I threw my arms arounds her waist and wrapped my legs around her legs and cried and screamed. I was never going to let her go. She gently unclasped my hands and pulled me up to her shoulder. I could feel the dampness of tears on her face and they mingled with mine.
â€œHush little one,â€ she whispered. â€œBe brave, God will make this as easy as childâ€™s play for you.â€ Then before I knew what was happening she was walking away. I tried to run after her but I was held back by large gentle hands. I looked up and Eli, the man my mother had entrusted me to was stood there, smiling down at me.
Many years have passed since that day and every year my mother has kept her promise to visit me at festival time; bringing me a beautiful new hand woven coat.
We stopped hugging and she looked at me â€œYou must have grown at least a foot I hope this new coat fits you,â€ she laughed, as she handed it to me. She took my hand â€œCome, your father and brothers and sisters are waiting to see you.â€
â€œI have so much to tell you mother,â€ I replied. â€œYouâ€™ll never believe whatâ€™s happened to me!â€
And so, as we walked I told her about the night when I was sleeping in the Tabernacle and a voice called my name. I had thought it was Eli asking for me so I had rushed to his room to see what he wanted but, it wasnâ€™t him so I went back to bed. Then the same thing happened two more times until Eli told me that it was the Lord talking to me. So I lay in bed and told God that I was listening.
It all seemed surreal as it was the first time I had received a message from Him. It was strange but opened my eyes up to a spiritual world. â€œGod told me things. He trusted me with His word and I now understand why I am here! You were right Mother; God has made it easy for me.â€
And it was true. It had become easy. Being away from my family had become easy. Living with a priest had become easy but most of all learning to serve God and follow Him had become easy because I had been brought up in His presence, He was my Lord and I loved Him.
My mother stopped walking and turned to look at me, â€œSamuel,â€ she said with tears of happiness running down her cheeks. â€œYou have no idea how many times I have prayed to hear you say those words. I am so blessed,â€ she smiled.
Samuel: chapters 1-3
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