FOR FRIDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 3:1-21
The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” (1 Samuel 3:8-9; New Revised Standard Version)
This was the third time Samuel woke up old Eli in the middle of the night. Eli could have been angry with this child who kept interrupting his rest; he could have dismissed him and overlooked what was happening in his life. But instead, Eli took notice and “perceived” that something special, something divine was calling out to the young boy. Eli helps Samuel to understand his call by helping him to articulate a response: “Here I am.”
I’m so grateful to those who early on in my life helped me respond to the calls in my life and those who continue to perceive in me how God is at work through my ministry. Because of their insight and encouragement, I still seek to respond faithfully to the nudging of God’s Spirit in what I do.
I also try to be more attentive to how God may be calling others as well and be willing to encourage them in their response. I realize that this work is not “all about me” – it’s about the wonderful transforming renewal which God is doing in this world which is brought about through so many others.
PRAYER: Ever-calling God, help me this day to be attentive to all the ways You are calling me and so many others into your wondrous work. Let me offer the same encouragement to others as I have received throughout the years. Amen.
[*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Daily Office Lectionary]