‘Which Way?’, Pine Lake Tasmania, ©Mark Hewitt 2017, Photograph
The meaning of the word call:
Verb – has 8 categories
Noun – an additional 10 categories or uses.
Total of 18 different uses.
We are looking at one use of Call as a noun; an order or request for someone to be present [by God]
Any of us could have a call and the call doesn’t just stop with Samuel as an individual. It is upon the entire people. It’s clear that Samuel doesn’t have a clue as to who is calling him, or why he is being called.
Which begs the question, how does one discern the genuine nature of a call and what is God calling you to in this new year?
1 Samuel 3: 1-10 (NRSV)
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 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.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’
You know us so well, better than we know ourselves.
Because you search for us
and know us so well,
we can offer our prayers of praise to you.
Before we even know what we are going to say,
you listen to our hearts and souls, tender God.
You know that we have walked the corridors of hospitals
and the bullying hallways of schools;
you see how fears and doubts hem us in,
and when sickness and death lay hands on us.
Because you continue to search for us
and know our lives so well,
we can offer you our prayers of need and concern,
not only for ourselves but for those around us,
as well as all of your creation.
You gather us together as your people
knitting us together as a people
who seek to be faithful to our calling
to serve our sisters and brothers.
As we offer our prayers to you,
we do so trusting in your steadfast love.
-©Seasons of the Spirit, Epiphany 2 Yr B 14 Jan 18