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Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC) Lectionary Reflection Year B, Second Epiphany, Old Testament Lesson

1 Samuel 3:1-10: 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."

Reflection on 1 Samuel 3:1-10: by the Rev Wanda Copeland

The author says, "The word of the Lord was rare in those days…" It was a time when the people were unaccustomed to God speaking to them. Their ears were not attuned to responding to God. God had to call three times before Eli knew who was asking after young Samuel. God seeks to get our attention through many methods. God speaks to us in the prairie grass, playing in leafless limbs of trees and by smashing waves into the shore. Can we hear our Creator speaking to us on the wind? God calls us to come and play in Gods creation. Come out and see what I have made. Experience my handiwork. Frolic in the wonders that touch you. Come and live in my Word.


The Rev Wanda Copeland is a rector of Holy Trinity Church, Elk River, MN, and Co-chair of the Environmental Stewardship Commission. She originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
MEESC Holy Trinity Church Box 65 Elk River, MN 55330-0065 USA

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