At Parkside we are using the Narrative Lectionary to study our story, as we find it in the story of Scripture. Our theme for the year is, “God’s Story; Our Story.” This week, we turn to the story of Hanna, who is not as famous as Abraham, Moses, or David, but she has this fascinating and intriguing story that serves as a hinge between two eras for the people of God. Before Hanna, the people are ruled by Judges in the Promised Land. After Hanna, the people are ruled by Kings. Hanna’s story reveals something about power and the role it plays in our life.
Her story begins with a simple prayer of bitter tears, “Remember me … do not forget your faithful servant.” I think Hanna’s prayer touches on a deep fear or issue that we wrestle to overcome, “Will we be remembered?” Our friend forgets to return a call. Our boss forgets to compliment a job well done. Our children burst into tears when we forget the help we promised them or worse, we forget to pick them up when we’ve promised. There is a primordial fear … “Remember me … Do not forget me.” Hanna’s story reminds us of God’s response to this fear. Join us to hear good news, for Jesus says, “Fear not …” “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Parkside is the place where you belong! Parkside is the place where you are reminded that Jesus is with you always!