Read 1 Samuel 1:4-20
4Each time Elkanah offered his sacrifice, he would give one share of the meat to Peninnah and one share to each of her children. 5And even though he loved Hannah very much he would give her only one share, becausea the Lord had kept her from having children. 6Peninnah, her rival, would torment and humiliate her, because the Lord had kept her childless. 7This went on year after year; whenever they went to the house of the Lord, Peninnah would upset Hannah so much that she would cry and refuse to eat anything. 8Her husband Elkanah would ask her, “Hannah, why are you crying? Why won’t you eat? Why are you always so sad? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
9–10 One day, after they had finished their meal in the house of the Lord at Shiloh, Hannah got up. She was deeply distressed, and she cried bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. Meanwhile, Eli the priest was sitting in his place by the door. 11Hannah made a solemn promise: “Almighty Lord, look at me, your servant! See my trouble and remember me! Don’t forget me! If you give me a son, I promise that I will dedicate him to you for his whole life and that he will never have his hair cut.”b
12 Hannah continued to pray to the Lord for a long time, and Eli watched her lips. 13She was praying silently; her lips were moving, but she made no sound. So Eli thought that she was drunk, 14and said to her, “Stop making a drunken show of yourself! Stop your drinking and sober up!”
15 “No, I’m not drunk, sir,” she answered. “I haven’t been drinking! I am desperate, and I have been praying, pouring out my troubles to the Lord. 16Don’t think I am a worthless woman. I have been praying like this because I’m so miserable.”
17 “Go in peace,” Eli said, “and may the God of Israel give you what you have asked him for.”
18 “May you always think kindly of me,” she replied. Then she went away, ate some food, and was no longer sad.
19 The next morning Elkanah and his family got up early, and after worshipping the Lord, they went back home to Ramah. Elkanah had intercourse with his wife Hannah, and the Lord answered her prayer. 20So it was that she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,c and explained, “I asked the Lord for him.”
Hannah struggled to conceive - Peninnah; Elkanah's other wife had conceived and born children so she tormented her and humiliated her.
Are we ever mean like Peninnah?
Lord, sometimes we take the blessings we have as if we were somehow better than others. Help me to remember that all that I enjoy comes from you. Humble me in my love for others.